Venice: March 1563

Pages 354-355

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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March 1563

March 2. Original Letter Book, Venetian Archives. 320. Marc' Antonio Barbaro, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Signory.
Gives an account of the last hours of the Duke de Guise, and of the general lamentations caused by his death. His assassin (traditore) has been brought into this city, and his trial is being prepared; he himself confessing that Beza has persuaded many others to endeavour by any means to kill certain named persons as enemies to the Word of God, as by so doing they would acquire glory in this world, and the happiness of the life eternal. The Prince of Condé, through the Cardinal of Bourbon, had previously warned the Duke to be on his guard, because there were persons who designed to kill him.
Paris, 2nd March 1563.
March 6. Senato Terra, filza No. 38. 321. The Signory of Venice to the Queen of England.
The noble Giovanni da Cà da Pesaro having been elected by our Magistrates as Consul of the Venetian nation in London (in quella Piazza di Londra), we, by these presents, which will be presented by him, pray your Majesty to recognise him as our Consul and Minister, and to show him favour in accordance with the excellent amity which has always been maintained between England and our Republic.
[Ayes] 154, [Noes] 6, [Neutral] 0.
Read to the College on 5th March 1563.
March 23. Original Letter Book, Venetian Archives. 322. Marc' Antonio Barbaro, Venetian Ambassador in France to the Signory.
I have letters from the Court that the Queen has had news from the Queen of Scotland that some months ago a Huguenot Frenchman, to avoid compromising himself, went to Scotland, and, in order to be well received, took letters of recommendation from Mons. Damville, the Constable's son.
This person, according to report, was found one night under the bed of the Queen of Scotland, with sword and dagger, and booted and spurred. He said that he acted thus from love, but others declare that he intended to murder the Queen; and it is reported that this man has been beheaded.
The Queen of Scotland is niece of the Guises, and she being marriageable, her marriage might bring friendship and favour to the Guises, while her death would be very injurious to them. Your Serenity may therefore see how the world is ruled in these times.
Paris, 23rd March 1563.