Venice: March 1589

Pages 431-432

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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March 1589

March 14. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 823. Giovanni Mocenigo, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
The English Ambassador has left. The object of his journey is to persuade the Queen to interest herself in favour of a large levy of troops in Germany. The King is obliged to take this course because the Duke of Maine and the rebellious cities will not hear of any accord. ` The revolt of Lyons is most important, for the money to pay the mercenaries was assigned there; and it is now impossible to give the Swiss that gratification without which they will not move. The King cannot obtain the help of England and Navarre without some equivalent. The King of Navarre will not risk his life and his forces unless the King of France comes to an understanding with him, for after obtaining relief through his assistance, the King will make terms with the League, and will turn his forces against Navarre as he has frequently done before. Meantime, Navarre has reduced Châteauroux, has taken le Blanc in Berri, and promises soon to have Argenton. The Queen of England will not give her aid without some advantage in return. It is certain that the League will openly make use of the troops of Spain to protect certain places like Boulogne.
Tours, 14th March 1589.
[Italian; deciphered.]
March 30. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 824. Tomaso Contarini, Venetian Ambassador in Spain, to the Doge and Senate.
In this kingdom of Catalonia, and above all in this City of Barcelona, every one is far from well disposed towards his Majesty, who, it seems, some few days ago, attempted to contravene the privileges which, ratified by authority and by custom, are held most tenaciously by this population. In the administration of justice the people thought they saw a violation of their rights, they gathered in the public streets and by resistance and by obstinacy they compelled the observation of their constitution. All the same these assaults are quickly quieted, and his Majesty is both feared and obeyed for the vastness of his preparations which are said not to be for England only.
Barcelona, 30th March 1589.