Venice: June 1584

Pages 96-98

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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June 1584

June 5. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 223. Giovanni Francesco Moresini, Venetian Ambassador in Constantinople, to the Doge aud Senate.
Neither the French nor the Imperial Ambassador went to congratulate the Pasha on the news from Caffa. The English Ambassador went.
Dalle Vigne di Pera, 5th June 1584.
[Italian; deciphered.]
June 8. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 224. Giovanni Moro, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
The King of Scotland has recovered Stirling and routed the rebels. He has beheaded one of their leaders and hung another. The Queen of England has sent to congratulate him; and his mother who is in prison, says she is better treated now than ever before. The Queen of England is now anxious that the French Ambassador there should go to Scotland; hoping that he will do her a service with that King, whom she has begun to esteem and almost to fear (che hora incommincia a stimare, et quasi a temere) and to conciliate the King of France, they say she has offered him the Garter, and he has accepted it, and that a commissioner will shortly come with great pomp to bring it to him. The King has ordered the completion of a carriage which was begun two years ago, and designs it for the Queen of England. Suspicion of Spain draws these two Crowns together.
Paris, 8th June 1584.
June 9. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 225. Lorenzo Priuli, Venetian Ambassador in Rome, to the Doge and Senate.
The Cardinal d'Este has told me that he had received from the King of France, an answer to his question about the league. His Majesty declared that, in spite of persistent rumours, he could not believe that anything prejudicial to him had been done ; and that although he had been invited by the Queen of England, the Duke of Saxony, and other German Princes, to enter into a league with them, he would not do so until he was absolutely assured of the existence of the Italian League, and that it would injure him. The Pope replied that he never had, and never would, propose to the King of France any league which had for its purpose any object other than Turkish affairs.
Rome, 9th June 1584.
June 11. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 226. Giovanni Moro, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
Yesterday evening late, came news of the relapse of the Duke of Anjou; and this morning the news that he died yesterday afternoon. The materials for embalming him were sent off at once.
Paris, 11th June 1584.
June 12. Copy of Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 227. Hieronimo Lippomano, Venetian Ambassador in Germany, to the Doge and Senate.
The Ambassador of Navarre met the Ambassador of England in the town of Verda (Verden), near Bremen. The English Ambassador was coming to Court, but it seems that he will not advance any further, as he hears that the Emperor has spurned the French representative. They are both in treaty with the free cities and the Protestant Princes in favour of Truxes (Archbishop of Cologne).
Prague, 12th June 1584.
June 22. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 228. Giovanni Moro, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
The death of the Duke of Anjou took place at one o'clock.
Paris, 22nd June 1584.
June 24. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 229. Vincenzo Gradenigo, Venetian Ambassador in Spain to the Doge and Senate.
Public opinion on the question of England is confirmed by the large amount of money which has been sent into Italy. It amounts to six hundred thousand crowns in reals, and a loan of other eight hundred thousand. No one believes that all this is for Flanders alone. Besides this, Italy and Germany are the only places where the bulk of the troops can be raised. It is also supposed that the five hundred thousand ducats deposited with the Fuggers, are to serve for German levies when occasion requires. The pressure put on the Prince of Salerno to obey his obligation, and to furnish two thousand cannon balls at Fontarabia for the guns they are making confirms this view.
At the Escuricd I saw several English Captains, apparently people of importance, who were coming out as I went in to audience. I cannot discover their business, but I imagine that they have come to the Escurial to treat in greater secrecy with his Majesty.
Madrid, 24th June 1584.
[Italian; deciphered.]
230. Letter from Cardinal de Granvelle, to the Prince of Parma.
I told your Excellency of the arrival of the Englishman whom his Majesty would not admit as Ambassador, availing himself of the excuse that the letters of the Queen were not presented to him, and feigning therefore to be unaware whether he was an Ambassador or not. Nor would his Majesty agree to receive the letters in person, for he did not know what they might contain, nor yet what insolence the Ambassador might have uttered to his face. The Ambassador accordingly resolved to leave. He was infuriated because in the passport they would not give him the title of Ambassador, but only of English gentleman, who had come to Spain, and now desired to return to England.