Venice: February 1584

Pages 81-82

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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February 1584

Feb. 3. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 193. Giovanni Moro, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
I have just heard that the Queen of England has dismissed the Spanish Ambassador; allowing him fourteen days in which to leave the kingdom. Although the news comes from a good quarter, I do not venture to affirm it.
Paris, 3rd February 1583 [m.v.].
[Italian; the part in italics deciphered.]
Feb. 3. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 194. Giovanni Moro, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
The Ambassador of England has recently secured the arrest of an Englishman and of a French bookseller, the one for writing and the other for publishing a work setting forth in figures with a latin explanation underneath in prose and verse, the cruelties practised by the Queen of England on Christians. The Nuncio applied for their release. The King referred the matter to his council, where the two new Cardinals (fn. 1) exerted themselves so much that the prisoners were set free.
Paris, 3rd February 1583 [m.v.].
Feb. 3. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 195. Giovanni Moro, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
This evening, quite late, after closing my despatch, the English Ambassador came to see me. He was accompanied by a gentleman sent by the Queen of England, to explain to the King of Spain the reasons for the dismissal of his representative, alleging that he had meddled in the affairs of the kingdom, and had assisted the rebels. He had been warned several times, but always in vain. The Queen accordingly resolved to dismiss him. She gave him fifteen days in which to leave the island, and placed a Well found ship at his disposal to conduct him whithersoever he pleased. At the same time she informed his Catholic Majesty of her desire to remain on good terms with him.
From another quarter I hear the Queen will not receive another representative of Spain so as to be less under observation.
Paris, 3rd February 1583 [m.v.].
Feb. 6. Original Minute, Venetian Archives. Deliberations of the Senate, Constantinople Filza 5. 196. The Doge and Senate to the Venetian Ambassador in Constantinople.
The Ambassador of the most Christian King resident here came into the College, and informed us of the strict orders which the French Ambassador in Constantinople has received to cause the removal of the English Ambassador or Bailo at that Porte. Further he now has fresh letters for the Ambassador, ordering him to renew with greater urgency than ever his representations for this purpose, and instructing him to address the Sultan in person, and not through an intermediary. To assist the Ambassador in forwarding these letters which may prove important in a matter which deeply concerns us, we have sent you this despatch. You are to keep an eye on events, to assist the French Ambassador, and to carry out the instructions of the despatch of the 5th January (debbiate, coadiuvando li officii di esso Ambosciatore di Francia, esseguir voi ancora quello che in tal proposito vi commetlessemo colle nostre de V del passato).
Feb. 9. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 197. Vincenzo Gradenigo, Venetian Ambassador in Spain, to the Doge and Senate.
It is known here that negotiations with the Queen of England are going on in France. I cannot say precisely what they are; I can only say that as that Queen is so proud and persevering in her intention, it is believed that she will gain her own way in everything (che per asser appunto quella. Regina, corme dicono, mollo altiera et perseverante nelli suoi, pensicri ottenerà ella che sia falto tutlo conforme alla volontà saa).
Madrid, 9th February 1583 [m.v.].
[Italian,; deciphered.]
Feb. 17. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 198. Giovanni Moro, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
The Spanish Ambassador, dismissed from England, left within the stated time, and is in France on his way to Spain.
Paris, 16th February 1583 [m.v.].


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