Venice: January 1564

Pages 371-372

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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January 1564

1564. Jan. 12. Original Letter Book, Venetian Archives. 351. Marc' Antonio Barbaro, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Signory.
Mons. de Lansac departed hence suddenly postwise for Spain, reporting, as he himself said yesterday, that he was going to Gascony to remain a fortnight at his own house for the marriage of one of his daughters; but I am assured that he will proceed to Spain, nor can this be for any slight cause, as he is a negotiator of great reputation at this Court.
It is alleged that he is going to treat the interview, already suggested by the Pope, of all these crowned heads.
By others it is said that a person having come from England, who was sent heretofore to treat the agreement between this Crown and that Crown, there were certain difficulties which King Philip had to adjust, and that this Queen, desiring for many causes to terminate this agreement, has sent this individual of repute to Spain for that purpose.
Paris, 12th January 1564.
Jan. 16. Original Letter Book, Venetian Archives. 352. Marc' Antonio Barbaro, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Signory.
The Queen went a league hence yesterday with such privacy that no one knew anything about it; and from what I hear, it was to hold an interview with the English Ambassador [Throckmorton] who is still under arrest, and then she returned to Paris.
Paris, 16th January 1564.
Jan. 20. Original Letter Book, Venetian Archives. 353. Marc' Antonio Barbaro. Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Signory.
The Admiral departed hence to-day to inspect the ports and fortresses of Normandy and Britany, and to provide against any rupture with the English.
Paris, 20th January 1564.
Jan. 31. Original Letter Book, Venetian Archives. 354. Marc' Antonio Barbaro, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Signory.
His Catholic Majesty has recalled his Ambassador at this Court, and has accredited Don Francisco de Alva. His Majesty is also sending an Ambassador to England.
The English Ambassador [Smith] who is here at liberty came to see me yesterday, and discussed with me a project for peace with France. He said that the French wished to make a peace through doctors and lawyers. He expressed himself in many ambiguous and cavilling words, adding that his Queen did not choose it thus, but that she intended to make a real and durable peace, or an open war. He also said that the French, by making an obscure agreement, thought they might break it of their own accord; so, from several hints dropped by him, I comprehended that the English chose to have the clear and secure promise of recovering Calais, in which consists the whole difficulty of the agreement; otherwise they will resort to open warfare.
Paris, 31st January 1564.