Venice: November 1568

Pages 422-423

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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November 1568

Nov. 3. Original Letter Book, Venetian Archives. 438. Giovanni Correr, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Signory.
It is heard from England that the Deputies for the affairs of the Queen of Scotland had met together at Carlisle, but as yet nothing was known concerning what they had treated.
Paris, 3rd November 1568.
Nov. 9. Original Letter Book, Venetian Archives. 439. Giovanni Correr, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Signory.
It is reported from Flanders that Casimir [Duke John Casimir, son of Frederick, Elector Palatine] has furnished three thousand soldiers, and the Duke of Deux-Ponts four thousand; and besides these forces, five thousand infantry have been levied and equipped with the money of the Queen of England. Time will discover the truth, but in the meanwhile it is believed for certain that the Queen has secretly advanced this money; and her intentions are considered the less doubtful, since it has been heard that several English gentlemen were about to leave their country to join the Prince [of Condé] at La Rochelle and follow him in this war. It is idle to say that these gentlemen are going without leave, because such a story is not believed, nor is it indeed credible.
Paris, 9th November 1568.
Nov. 18. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 440. Giovanni Correr, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Signory.
The Commissioners of the Queen of Scotland, having arrived at the site of the conference, protested before the Duke of Norfolk and others sent by the Queen of England, that they were not come thither as judges, because their Queen was Princess Supreme, and did not acknowledge any superior, but solely to please the Queen of England, her sister. At the moment they were not answered, but the next morning the Duke of Norfolk protested that what they had said could not prejudice in any way the claims his Queen had upon the kingdom of Scotland. The Duke went on to say that he would listen to everyone, but could not do otherwise than give advice of the whole proceedings from time to time to his Queen, and await her reply; and as this going to and fro would consume much time, he counselled the mission of procurators to the Court, who might inform the Queen ana receive her reply; and two for each side were deputed to act.
It is believed that this was a device to protract the conference much longer than the unfortunate Queen of Scotland would wish.
It is a lamentable sight to behold the ruins of this city, which cannot be contemplated without horror; all the churches are levelled to the ground, and, from the magnificence of their ruins, it can be well understood that they ranked amongst the finest in the whole kingdom.
Orleans, 18th November 1568.