Venice: July 1584

Pages 98-99

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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July 1584

July 6. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 231. Giovanni Moro, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
The Ambassador of the King of Scotland took leave of his Majesty last week. He came full of hopes, and goes away discontented, without having achieved anything. He failed to secure the exemption of Scotch merchants from certain dues paid by foreigners, although up to three years ago the Scotch had enjoyed the privilege of being treated like the French, in this respect. The King pleaded that he had farmed the customs, and could not now alter anything. The King's real reason for refusing this request was his fear that if he granted it to Scotland, England would demand the same. The King has given the Ambassador a chain worth one thousand crowns. He will leave in a few days, and return by the open sea to avoid any part of England. The Queen hates him as a Catholic, and as likely to convert the King of Scotland to the Catholic religion.
The gentleman who is to bring the Garter, is expected. He will come with much pomp and a large suite.
Paris, 6th July 1584.
July 20. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 232. Giovanni Moro, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
The Ambassador of Scotland has not left yet. No one knows what is delaying him, unless it be a desire to depart unexpectedly, the better to avoid any treachery on the part of the Queen of England.
Paris, 20th July 1584.
July 20. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 233. Giovanni Moro, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
I had just closed my last, when I was informed from a good source, that news had reached the Queen-Mother from England that the Prince of Orange had been shot by a Burgundian, who pretended that he desired to present a letter to the Prince. This man got quite close to the Prince in order to make sure that the shot should not miss its effect, like that of three years ago ; in the act of handing the letter he put the pistol to the Prince's breast and shot him dead. This took place on the first, according to the old Calendar. The letters are dated the second, sent by an agent of the Queen of England, and reached England on the fifth, that is fifteenth new style. I cannot say whether the news be true or not.
Paris, 20th July 1584.
July 24. Original Despatch, Copy of Venetian Archives. 234. Hieronimo Lippomano, Venetian Ambassador in Germany, to the Doge and Senate.
News from Munich that the Archbishop of Cologne, assisted by the Queen of England, by Orange and the Counts of Herburg, enemies of the house of Bavaria, who have claims on Ingoldstadt, have put together a thousand horse and two thousand infantry to enter and ravage Westphalia, now that Aremberg and Don Giovanni Marich have been recalled by the Prince of Parma.
They say that the convention of Rothemberg has split. The Protestants desiring to treat the question of Cologne at the first diet, which will cause great uproar.
Prague, 24th July 1584.