Venice: February 1560

Pages 150-151

Calendar of State Papers Relating To English Affairs in the Archives of Venice, Volume 7, 1558-1580. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1890.

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February 1560

Feb. 16. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 129. Paulo Tiepolo, Venetian Ambassador with King Philip, to the Doge and Senate.
I have congratulated the King on the Queen's arrival and the consummation of his marriage.
The King was accompanied by Don Ruy Gomez, who is suffering much from his fever, but yet more from the recent and violent persecution of many of these chief personages, who accused him of several very important matters; and the Duke of Alva gave it clearly to be understood that he would not go to the Court if Don Ruy Gomez was there, and this has been the chief cause of Alva's absence hitherto. The King knows that he has but too much need of Alvas counsel and authority, his Majesty's Council of State being ill provided with men of ability, and therefore it is under compulsion rather than voluntarily that he holds the Duke in account; and as until now it is evident that his Majesty's mind towards Don Buy Gomez is not in the least changed, and that he loves him as heartily as he ever loved him, many persons are of opinion that in secret Buy Gomez will always have greater favour and authority with the King than any one else.
His Majesty has received a courier from Rome with news of the Pope's intention to create Cardinals. (fn. 1)
Toledo, 16th February 1560.
[Italian; the portion in italics deciphered by Signor Luigi Pasini.]


  • 1. On the 31st January 1560, Pius IV. gave the red hat to his two nephews Gianantonio Serbelloni and Carlo Borromeo, and to Giovanni de' Medici, son of the Duke of Florence.