Venice: May 1562

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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'Venice: May 1562', in Calendar of State Papers Relating To English Affairs in the Archives of Venice, Volume 7, 1558-1580, (London, 1890) pp. 338-339. British History Online [accessed 12 April 2024]

May 1562

May 4. Original Letter Book, Venetian Archives. 286. Marc' Antonio Barbaro, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Signory.
On the day before yesterday Mons. de L'Aubespine arrived here from the Prince of Condé, with the Bishop of Orleans, and announced that Condé will not lay down arms until Mons. de Guise and the Constable depart from the Court. To this the Queen urges them to consent, but they have freely given it to be understood that they will not go. Hence it appeared that war must necessarily follow, without hope of agreement; but yesterday Mons. de St. Jean arrived at the Court, having been sent by the Prince of Condé to the Queen. It is said he has resumed the negotiation for an agreement, proposing that the Queen should go with the King to the Wood of Vincennes, accompanied by the Cardinals [of Lorraine and Ferrara, and de Bourbon] only, leaving here the King of Navarre, the Duke of Guise, and the Constable; and that she, being free in that place, should give some order both to these Lords who remain at Paris and to those at Orleans, so that it might be known that it proceeded solely from her own will, and that in this manner arms might be laid down. Nevertheless I cannot hope for any such result, seeing the distrust that is shown on both sides.
This morning it was heard that King Philip had offered for the Catholic cause thirty thousand infantry and six thousand horse, to be paid by himself.
Notwithstanding the treaty for agreement, tumults in divers parts are heard of. (fn. 1)
Paris, 4th May 1562.


  • 1. There are several later despatches referring to the negociations between the Queen Mother and the Prince of Condé.