Venice: December 1593

Pages 115-116

Calendar of State Papers Relating To English Affairs in the Archives of Venice, Volume 9, 1592-1603. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1897.

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December 1593

Dec. 1. Original Despatch, Venetian Archires. 238. Giovanni Mocenigo, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
After the King had seen the English and the Flemish agents in Dieppe, he summoned to Mantes the Grand Chancellor and others of his council. As far as can be discovered it seems that the English and Flemish complained bitterly of the King's change of religion, but more bitterly still because he had made a truce with their common foes; and they declared themselves deeply offended that this was done without their knowledge. They pointed out that this truce was highly prejudicial, because peace in France would allow the King of Spain to devote his attention to the attack on the States and on England. The King, who is much embarrassed, gave as fair an answer as he could. On account of their interests it is thought that the alliance will be maintained.
Chartres, 1st December 1593.
[Italian; deciphered.]
Dec. 3. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 239. Giovanni Mocenigo, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Senate.
The negotiations of his Majesty with the English in Dieppe are reported under varying aspects. It seems that his Majesty is growing colder towards the Huguenots and the Protestants of Paris. Several English have proposed to his Majesty loans to the amount of two hundred thousand crowns. No sufficient security has been found as yet; but the money will be raised to meet the expenses of the levies and of the troops which Montmorency is expected to bring.
Chartres, 3rd December 1593.
[Italian; deciphered.]
Dec. 4. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 240. Matheo Zane, Venetian Ambassador at Constantinople, to the Doge and Senate.
I hear that the Sultana has tried to persuade the Sultan to allow the English Ambassador to mediate for peace, but that his Majesty would lend no ear to her.
Dalle Vigne di Pera, 4th December 1593.
[Italian; deciphered.]
Dec. 21. Copy of Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 241. Tomaso Contarini, Venetian Ambassador in Germany, to the Doge and Senate.
News from France that all desire peace but prepare for war; and that the King of Navarre is going to send his sister to England to strengthen his bonds with the Queen.
Prague, 21st December 1593.
Dec. 31. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 242. Matheo Zane, Venetian Ambassador in Constantinople, to the Doge and Senate.
The English Ambassador, not satisfied with the report that his mistress had helped the Imperialists, took steps to contradict the rumour. He declares that the Queen has sent an Ambassador to the Imperial Court, and that her object is peace, not war; and the Ambassador offers to negotiate a peace. In this matter the Transylvanian representative is his confidant.
Dalle Vigne di Pera, last day of December 1593.
[Italian; deciphered.]