Venice: October 1568

Pages 420-421

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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October 1568

Oct. 4. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 434. Giovanni Correr, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Signory.
I spoke to-day to the Queen of France about the Queen of England. She said, “We have answered her through the Bishop of Rennes, that she ought not to interfere in the affairs of this kingdom, and to consider whether she would be pleased, and think it well done, that we should give assistance to the Catholics of her kingdom, in case they rebelled against her. Our Ambassador wrote to us lately that she said to him, 'I would not, indeed, that your King took amiss what I told him through my Ambassador, as I assuredly did so, urged by the prayers of many persons, and not because it was my own intention; and let his Majesty rest assured that I will never give favour to any rebels, and these persons I consider such.'”
Paris, 4th October 1568.
Oct. 11. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 435. Giovanni Correr, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Signory.
They write from England that the Cardinal de Châtillon had been well and graciously received by Queen Elizabeth, and by all the rest of the Court, but nothing particular has been heard of his negotiations.
Paris, 11th October 1568.
Oct. 18. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 436. Giovanni Correr, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Signory.
The Bishop of Rennes has returned from England, and reports that Queen Elizabeth was somewhat angry, because he demanded audience of her in the Council, as her Ambassador did here, saying she would not to be placed in the position of this King, who during his minority had need of advisers, and that she could decide for herself without the opinion of others; but at length, after an interval of two days, he had audience, and received a most gracious reply, the summary of which was that she, suspecting that these movements might prejudice the affairs of his most Christian Majesty, had commissioned her Ambassador to say what he had said; but now that all was explained, and having no longer any fear, she intended to continue the good friendship, and have the King for her brother as hitherto.
The Ambassador of the Queen of England waited lately upon their Majesties, and said to them that his Queen hoped that it would not be taken amiss that the Cardinal of Châtillon (Sciatiglione) had been received at her Court, because he had been admitted as an individual who had come thither for his own personal safety, and not as a rebel; but that, whenever the Queen received any proof that the Cardinal had devised anything whatever contrary to the welfare of their Majesties, she would not permit him to keep his foot within her kingdom for one single hour. The wife of the Cardinal has gone to join her husband, and it is said that she has been received by the Queen and the whole of her Court with so much honour that more could not be rendered even to a queen.
Paris, 18th October 1568.
Oct. 28. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 437. Giovanni Correr, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Signory.
There are advices from England that a conference is to be held shortly between the Duke of Norfolk (Nortfolc), deputed by the Queen of England, some persons from the Queen of Scotland, and the Bastard Regent of Scotland in person, to treat an agreement.
Paris, 28th October 1568.