Venice: November 1579

Pages 621-622

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 1579

Nov. 6. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 784. Hieronimo Lippomano, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Signory.
The English Ambassador [Paulet] told me yesterday that his Queen would not give leave of absence to the Ambassador of Monsieur resident with her, as she desires him to be present at the meeting of Parliament, which will be held at the end of this month. The Ambassador added, “We shall soon see great things,” giving me to understand that he referred to the affairs of Flanders. He assured me that no general peace would take place between those countries and the King of Spain ; that Monsieur would be declared supreme Lord and Protector of the Provinces on this side of the river Scheldt in the same manner as the Crown of France had heretofore been acknowledged there ; that there were advices to this effect from Brussels dated the 1st November, and that it was proposed to assign a province in Holland to the Archduke Matthias for a residence, and to appoint Mons. de La Noue General of the Army of the States.
Letters from Maestrecht state that the Catholic King had refused to accept the resignation of the Prince of Parma hut had requested him to continue his command, and that the Spaniards would leave the country as soon as money arrived to discharge their arrears of pay.
Mons. de Mande, the Chancellor of Monsieur, told me to-day that letters of the 15th ultimo had been received to the effect that the King of Spain would be proclaimed Prince of Portugal and successor to that kingdom, after the death of the King-Cardinal, who was then dangerously ill and who had ordered this question to be decided by twelve deputies, who, some by fear and others by hope of reward, had all been won over by the Spaniards.
His Excellency also informed me that the Duke of Cleves had offered Monsieur a very beautiful daughter of his in marriage and to give her in dower his Duchy of Juliers in Germany and his pretensions to the province of Guelders in the Low Countries, and that the Queen-Mother greatly favoured this marriage.
Paris, 6th November 1579.
Nov. 19. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 785. Hieronimo Lippomano and Lorenzo Priuli, Venetian Ambassadors in France, to the Signory.
The Queen-Mother did not go to Orleans to see Monsieur, as she had intended, because he had despatched a gentleman praying her Majesty not to inconvenience herself, as he would come to the Court later; but it is reported that he did this designedly, lest his mother should try to bring him hither, for the Queen-Mother has determined to endeavour to allay the ill-feeling which exists between her sons, and to see them personally, and she will depart to-morrow should no unforeseen event occur.
The Queen-Mother has departed to meet Monsieur, who is to meet her at Bergues (Bergoi), a distance of twenty-two leagues from here.
Paris, 19th November 1579.