Venice: March 1568

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: March 1568', in Calendar of State Papers Relating To English Affairs in the Archives of Venice, Volume 7, 1558-1580, (London, 1890) pp. 412-413. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/cal-state-papers/venice/vol7/pp412-413 [accessed 12 April 2024]

March 1568

March 11. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 421. Giovanni Correr, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate,.
This day I attended her most Christian Majesty, when she spoke to me as follows: “It appears to me, Lord Ambassador, that some fierce constellation this year rages against Princes; you see with your own eyes what hath befallen us; the Catholic King is afflicted by the misfortune with which you are acquainted, and which we consider to be far greater than our own, because it is better to be troubled by your subjects than by your own son. Even the Turk, as you say, has to deal with disturbances within his states; evil rumours are not wanting from Germany, and the Emperor hesitates between peace and war.
“The Queen of Scotland is prisoner, and the Queen of England does not live without suspicion of those about her. Therefore we may say that there is apprehension in every quarter, and I am bound to believe that these results are created by the providence of God, who by these afflictions means to make his power to be known to everyone, and also to compel the Catholic Princes to unite together against the enemies of our faith, a result which I myself have always ardently desired, as the Cardinal Santa Croce will attest, because while he was Nuncio here I exhorted him to go to Rome and entreat the Pope in our name to induce the Catholic King, together with your Signory and every other Catholic Prince, to form a union for the Catholic faith.”
Paris, 11th March 1568.
[Italian.]
March 21. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives, 422. Giovanni Correr, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Signory.
The Queen of England had offered to mediate for peace, being convinced that it would endure to the satisfaction of both parties. The Queen [of France] answered the English Ambassador, who spoke to her on this subject the day before yesterday, that she returned the Queen of England endless thanks for her good and loving offer, but that the negotiation was so far advanced, that no intervention was necessary, and she added her hope that within two days the final conclusion would be arrived at.
Paris, 21st March 1568.
[Italian.]