Venice: May 1581

Pages 10-11

Calendar of State Papers Relating To English Affairs in the Archives of Venice, Volume 8, 1581-1591. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1894.

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May 1581

May 3. Orignial Despatch, Venetian Archives. 22. Lorenzo Priuli, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
There is no news from England, except that the Embassy has arrived in London, and has been very courteously received. In Scotland the Earl of Morton's guilt has been proved, his goods confiscated and divided. They say he will be executed; and that it has been really proved that he was in correspondence with the Queen of England to betray into her hands the King of Scotland.
In Bles (Blois), 3rd May 1581.
May 13. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 23. Giovanni Correr, Venetian Ambassador in Rome, to the Doge and Senate.
Mons. de Foix, the French Ambassador, on being asked by his Holiness whether he thought the marriage of the Duke of Anjou with the Queen of England would take place, replied, that the Queen's attitude up to the present time lead him to think that it would not.
Rome, 13th May 1581.
May 20. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 24. Lorenzo Priuli, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
There is no positive news of the English match. The Parliament has requested the Queen to name her successor. The Prince of Scotland proposed that they should examine his claims, and the Queen of England has let it be understood that if he would come to England and be brought up in the national religion, she would consent to his being declared heir. But no one is able to persuade the Prince of the Queen's good faith, more especially after the discovery of Morton's plot. The nation is anxious to have the succession settled; the Queen, however, keeps the idea of her marriage alive.
Affairs in Ireland are not quiet. The rebels increase in number. The Governor asks for more troops.
The Conte de Vimiosa is going to raise troops for Don Antonio this August.
In Bles (Blois), 20th May 1581.