Venice: June 1580

Pages 639-640

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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June 1580

June 3. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 806. Lorenzo Priuli, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Signory.
The Portuguese Ambassador resident here is very bitter against the Spaniards, and attributes the late disturbances in Dauphiny to Spanish intrigue. The English Ambassador has spoken to me to the same effect, so it is evident that all means are being used to render the Spaniards odious here. There are no advices of importance from England, except that the risings in Scotland are suppressed, and that the rebels in Ireland have retired into the forests and mountains, where they will be secure during the summer, but when winter arrives they must require assistance, because they will be compelled at that season by the cold to abandon their strongholds; and a few days ago an individual accredited by them for this purpose passed through Paris.
Paris, 3rd June 1580.
June 17. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 807. Lorenzo Priuli, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Signory.
Monsieur has not yet dismissed the procurators from the States of Flanders, because he is awaiting the arrival of an Ambassador from England before coming to any final decision. Monsieur has demanded the surrender of several places from the States as security for the fulfilment of their promises, and amongst these are Dunkirk and Lille, and also the citadel of Cambray. It is not known what the result will be, because the negotiations are conducted most secretly. Meanwhile his Highness, to aid Mons. La Noue, who has been taken prisoner, has issued a proclamation threatening the Prince of Parma with reprisals in the event of his putting Mons. La Noue to death.
Paris, 17th June 1580.
June 29. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 808. Lorenzo Priuli, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Signory.
The Prince of Condé, not having found in Germany the facilities for levying soldiers which he expected, has proceeded to England to facilitate the levy with the assistance and authority of the Queen, who has assured the King of France that she will not only refuse herself to give assistance to the Prince, but will not permit any subjects of hers to do so, because she well knows that this movement did not proceed from any religious motives, but simply from ambition. Several of the Commissioners from Flanders who went to visit Monsieur have passed through Paris on their return, and one of their number only has remained with his Highness. They depart greatly satisfied with the courtesies which they have received, and they hope, when the rumours prevalent in France have subsided, that Monsieur will proceed to Flanders.
Stafford, the Queen of England's gentleman, who had previously been here, arrived two days ago. He had an interview with their Majesties, and then went to Monsieur. According to what is written from England and stated by the most favourite and intimate followers of Monsieur, his Highness would appear to have resumed the marriage negotiations, subject to enlarged conditions, but the more these individuals announce and appear to believe this report to be the fact, the more it is suspected to be a pretext to facilitate the negotiations which Monsieur is pursuing with the King with reference to his expedition to Flanders, and particularly a project which he entertains for obtaining the Duchy of Orleans or the Duchy of Britany, he promising in return to give up the Duchy of Berri to the Queen of Navarre in order to adjust the present difficulties. But it is believed that nothing will be done in the matter, because Britany is of too great consequence on account of its vicinity to England, and the Duchy of Orleans was not long ago annexed to the Crown in consideration of a large payment made to the city by King Charles IX., so that the proposal could not be effectuated without great violence, and, besides, Monsieur would thus become too powerful and too near a neighbour to this city.
Paris, 29th June 1580.