Venice: November 1594

Pages 147-148

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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November 1594

Nov. 10. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 316. Francesco Vendramin, Venetian Ambassador in Spain, to the Doge and Senate.
It is considered of great moment to maintain the Spanish in Brittany; but it is held to be difficult, more especially if it is true that the Duke of Mercœur is coming to terms with the King of France. Certain funds here will be applied to resisting the English, who number about five thousand in France.
Madrid, 10th November 1594.
[Italian; deciphered.]
Nov. 29. Original Despatch, Venetian Archives. 317. Marco Venier, Venetian Ambassador in Constantinople, to the Doge and Senate.
The recent events in Walachia and Bogdania happened thus, Aaron, Vaivode of Bogdania, and Michali, Vaivode of Walachia with the knowledge of the Prince of Transylvania and of the Poles, resolved to rebel. Aaron and Michali held a large number of harquebussers in readiness, and many horse. Sinan Pasha called on Michali to surrender his artillery, which the Pasha required in his campaign. Michali then cast about fifty new pieces; and then on the arrival of the Cosack troops, the Vaivode of Bogdania passed into Walachia. The Vaivode of that country having summoned all his creditors to meet him in divan on the promise of paying his debts, a large number of Turks, Greeks and Jews appeared and handed in their bills; at a given signal they were all cut to pieces by some four thousand troops who had secretly surrounded the divan. The Vaivode then summoned all the people and publicly burned the bills, declaring that as he thus freed himself from debt so he freed his people from all taxes; and those who would might follow him. In this way he drew the mass of the people to himself. In conjunction with Bogdania and Transylvania he has marched towards the Turkish camp, whose supplies are now intercepted. Yesterday war was declared in Constantinople against Bogdania and Walachia.
Dalle Vigne di Pera, 29th November 1594.
[Italian; deciphered]