Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 1, 1509-1514. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1920.
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|11 May.||2898. WALTHAM HOLY CROSS.|
|Election of abbot. See GRANTS IN MAY, No. 26.|
S.P. Hen. VIII., 230, f. 170. R.O.
|2899. NAVAL SURGEONS.|
|Receipt, 11 May 6 Hen. VIII., from Sir John Daunce, by Marcellus de la More, the King's surgeon, for wages of 24 surgeons in the King's army royal by sea, viz., 4 master surgeons at 13s. 4d. the month and 20 others at 10s for two months beginning the _ (blank) day of _ (blank).|
Ib., f. 171. R.O.
|2900. THE NAVY.|
|Mem. that Thos. earl of Surrey, Grand Admiral of England, is in surplusage, on his declaration examined before the Council 11 May 6 Hen. VIII., as appears on the foot of the same, signed by Thos. bp. of Lincoln, 216l. 16s. 10¾d. Per Thomam Tamworth. Subscribed with Wolsey's holograph order to Daunce to pay the above sum to Surrey or bearer. Signed: T. Lincoln.|
S.P. Hen. VIII., 8, f. 125a. R.O.
|2901. [5775.] SIR T. WYNDHAM to DAWTREY.|
|Warrant, dated 11 May, to pay to John Hopton, capt. of The Alys, his own wages for 14 days from 8 to 22 May, 21s., the wages of 30 mariners and 10 gunners at 2s. 6d. a man, 16½ dedshares at 2s. 6d. each, rewards to gunners, and 40s. for tonnage of the said galleon (80 tons), and for victuals for the month ending 5 June. Signed.|
|S.P. Hen. VIII., 230, f. 172. R.O.||2. Two like warrants to pay Peter Wylcoke, master of the Anthony of Fowey, wages of 20 men, with 8 dedshares and tonnage (100 tons) from 23 April to 12 May, and from 13 May for one month. Written 11 May. Signed.|
|Each, small paper, p. 1.|
Sanuto, XVIII., 258.
|[Note of letters received 9 June 1514.]|
|From Andrea Badoer, London, 11 May.—The King will not cross to France and is treating an agreement which is likely to take effect. They should send the galleys of Flanders, four in number, and the King will give 1,000 ducats for each.|
|Italian. See Venetian Calendar, II, No. 422.|
S.P. Hen. VIII., 8, f. 99. R.O.
|2903. [5066.] THOMAS BENOLT, CLARENCIEUX.|
|Warrant to the Exchequer to pay Thomas Benolt the fee granted to him, as Clarencieux King of Arms, in the patent, 30 Jan. 2 Hen. VIII., of his appointment. Westm., 12 May 6 Hen. VIII.|
|Lat., copy, p. 1.|
S.P. Hen. VIII., 230, f. 174. R.O.
|2904. STOREHOUSE AT ERITH.|
|Receipt, 12 May 6 Hen. VIII., by John Guyllyot, from Sir John Daunce, of 40l. in prest towards making a wharf at Ereth for safeguard of the King's storehouse. With Wolsey's holograph order attached.|
Le Glay, Analectes Hist., p. 189.
|2905. MARGARET OF SAVOY to HENRY VIII.|
|Elle prie Henri VIII. "de consentir à une rançon raisonnable pour le Sieur de Clermont, prisonnier Français en Angleterre, neveu de la dame de Segret, qui a servi de dame d'honneur à elle, Marguerite, lors de son renvoi de France." Malines, 12 May 1514.|
S.P. Hen. VIII., 8, f. 100. R.O.
|2906. [5068.] SILVESTER BP. OF WORCESTER to WOLSEY.|
|Recommends Jo. Baptista and Guido de Portinariis, brothers, of a noble family in Florence. Jo. Baptista is the rector of St. Mary Aldercher in Wolsey's diocese. Rome, 12 May 1514.|
|Lat., p. 1. Addressed: Reverendo, &c., Tho. electo Lincolniensi.|
S.P. Ireland, Hen. VIII., 1, f. 4. R.O.
|2907. JOHN [KITE] ABP. OF ARMAGH to WOLSEY.|
|"Though I be far from your heaven, from the sight of our most gracious King and Queen (whom God preserve), from the wealth of all the joys of England," yet it has pleased God to send me and mine safely to land in Ireland on Passion Eve, in which country, plenteous in corn, cattle, fish and fowl, but scant of wood in all the Englishry, without the King's help all shall decay. Puts them in great fear by telling them the King is coming shortly, which God grant above all other things. He is as much bound to reform this land as to maintain order in England, more bound to subdue them than Jews or Saracens. Christ's faith, obedience to the Church, for lack of the temporal sword is scant anywhere. The revenues due to the King are now spent against the Church. If he be not assured speedily of the King's coming, has no doubt he shall die of sorrow or be slain. Implores Wolsey, for religion and for Christ's sake, to help in the redress of "this most plenteous country, most profitable to the possessor being once in order." Will write more when he has more leisure. Is very anxious to see Wolsey's handwriting. Master Daunce has written to him how Wolsey helped his promotion, for which the writer also is thankful. Begs him not to forget Sir Maurice Berkeley. Termountfeken beside Drogheda, 14 May.|
|Hol., pp. 2. Add.: "My Lord of Lincoln."|
Galba B. III., 190. B.M.
|2908. [5076.] SIR RICHARD WINGFIELD and SPINELLY to [HENRY VIII.].|
|Wrote on the ... inst. This afternoon [a post from] the Emperor brought a letter from Sir Robert Wingfield, which they enclose. At once sent to ask news of the Emperor and were answered both by my Lady and the master of the Posts that there was none,—only two packets had come "the one to [us] and the other to the ambassador of Aragon." My Lady is surprised she has received no message from the Emperor, complains that many reports are made of her to him, that the surmises of the King of Aragon are known and hated, "that lately an Arragonese being here, having the room of the tennis play with the Prince of Castell, fell at a variance of certain words with a Castilian upon the deliverance of Don John de Manuell, saying unto him, amongst other things, that if the said Lord Prince will not be obeissant unto the King of Aragon, or go into Spain against his will, that he might be poisoned, as his father King Philip was. Wherefore ... [of] the Thoyson knowledge thereof, the [which hath] kept a council to proceed to such puni[shment as] the case requireth, with all rigour of justice and [due] regard to the King of Aragon, And as for my Lady she shall not empeach the same." Sir Thomas Cheyny arrived yesterday at Brussells with a servant of the Marquis of Mantua, and horses, three coursers and a light horse of his own bred, as goodly beasts as may be seen, for the King from the Marquis. Hear that 25 sail of French and Scotch were lately on the coast of Flanders; and therefore Will. Copland has staid the departure of the ordnance from Celand. The Marquis's servant asks whether to tarry at Calais with the horses, or pass over. Mechlin, 15 May. Signed: Wyngfeld, R., k., Thomas Sp[inelly].|
|Pp. 2, mutilated.|
S.P. Hen. VIII., 230, f. 176. R.O.
|2909. THE NAVY.|
|Bill for tonnage, wages, &c., (detailed), including payment "to a lodesman into the Downys," for one month (not specified), of The Mawdelyn of Founteravia, Michael de la Borde, master, The James of Founterabia, Martin de la Borde, master, The Mary Walsyngham, Thomas Germyn, master, and twelve hoys (names, masters and tonnage given). Total, 213l. 8s. Headed by Wolsey: "To my fellawe Sir John Dawnce," and signed T. Lincoln.|
|ii. Receipt, 16 May 6 Hen. VIII., by George Harward, merchant tailor, of the above sum "upon a further prest for the causes specified in this paper."|
|Large paper, pp. 2.|
Leonis X. Regesta, Vol. 1, No. 8771.
|2910. FURNESS ABBEY.|
|Mandate of Leo. X. to the abbots of Fountains, Melsa and Byland to adjudicate in the cause of Alex. Banke, abbot of Furness, who alleges that, after being abbot 10 years and more, he was by William abbot of Stratford, as visitor, at the instigation of the Earl of Derby, ruler of the town of Lancaster, unjustly, in his absence, deprived and John Dalton, monk of the abbey, designated abbot.|
|Latin. Modern abstract.|
|Roman Transcr., I., 1, f. 202. R.O.||2911. LEO X.|
|Mandate to the Abp. of Glasgow, bp. of Aberdeen and bp. of Galloway, to put George Dundas, preceptor of St. John of Torphichin in possession of his preceptory. The preamble states that Dundas has won three definitive sentences in the Roman Court against Patrick Painter, and thereupon obtained executorials contra intrusos, and wishes to be able to enforce them and recover the fruits for the time he was prosecuting his cause at Rome, as well against Painter as against James Cortusius and Alex. Stuort.|
|Latin. Modern transcript, pp. 2.|
S.P. Hen. VIII., 10, f. 177. R.O.
|2912. [Vol. II., 471.] LORD ABERGAVENNY.|
|The muster of Lord Burgavenny's men at Canterbury 16 and 17 May 6 Hen. VIII. Names of 984 men supplied by Mr. Pyrton (6), Mr. Selenger (13), Ric. Shurley, sheriff of Sussex (55), Mr. Ferres (170), John Gaynesford (102), Sir John Scot (83), Th. Roydon (91), Lord Burgavenny (102), Wm. Kempe (51), Sir John Fogge (51), Lord Dawbeney (11), Lord Burgavenny (125), and Sir John Norton (123). Signed by Sir John Raynsford, Sir William Scotte and John Colman.|
|See Vol. II. No. 471, for fuller abstract.|
Calig. B. II., 190. B.M. Pinkerton, II., 459.
|2913. [5090.] DACRE to the COUNCIL.|
|Desires them to have in remembrance "that at Greenwich in the month of December was two years, whereas the King of Scots, of his malicious and untrue purpose, was aboutward to have stolen the town of Berwick," when Dacre accepted the wardenship of the East and Middle Marches, refused by Lord Darcy, on condition made in the King's inner chamber, that no report should be believed to his discredit till he could make his answer. It is misreported that he allows the Scots to destroy the English borderers, holds communication with the Chamberlain of Scotland, and keeps not good espial in Scotland. Since he was last with the King at Windsor, in December, has never met the Chamberlain except once in February, at Coklawe, for redress. Certified the King's grace of it by a letter from Morpeth, in March. Sends a copy by Dr. Conyers, the bearer. Has no familiarity with the Chamberlain. At the field of Brankston he and his company encountered the Earl of Huntley and the Chamberlain, when Sir John Home, Sir Will. Cokburne of Langton, Cuthbert Home of Fastcastle, the sons and heirs of Sir John Home, Sir Will. Cokburne and Sir David Home, the Laird of Blacater, Will. Carr, and three brothers, Bromfelds, friends of the Chamberlain, were slain by Dacre and his folks, and his brother, Philip Dacre, taken prisoner. The Scots love him worse than any man in England, "by reason that I found the body of the King of Scots slain in the field, and thereof advertised my Lord of Norfolk by my writing; and thereupon I brought the corpse to Berwick, and delivered it to my said Lord; at which time, as I was entreated in my said Lord's presence by one Langton of Berwick, I report me to his Lordship, and as yet it is not punished."|
|It is not true he has been remiss in making espial in Scotland. The Scotch Council are so inconstant there is no trusting them, except at time of parliament or of a general council. Would have been sorry to pester the King and Council with trifles and flying tales, as he supposes others have done. Without help it is impossible for him, a poor baron, to keep the East, Middle, and West Marches securely, which even the Duke of Glo'ster and the Earl of Northumberland could not do. My Lords of Norfolk and Winchester, who lay upon the East borders in the last war, know the difficulty. Had informed them before that he is badly supported in the East Marches. Berwick, Bamboroughshire, and Dunstanborough, with Sir Roger Grey's power, are in Lord Darcy's hands; Alnwick and Warkworth belong to the Earl of Northumberland; Elandshire, Norhamshire, and the Grey's lands, to the Bp. of Durham and William Heron of Furde, who will not do service with him. Since he was last with the King there have not been more than 80 cottages burnt in the East Marches, in value not 40l. at the utmost. At which time it was promised Lord Darcy, or some one else, should be sent down to the East Marches to defend them. Has kept in good order the West and Middle Marches from Bowness to Hanging Stane, being 50 miles of dry borders, where every one may ride at his pleasure. There have not been burnt 20 houses in them. For one "cattell" taken by the Scots he has taken 100, and for one sheep 200; and for the townships in his rule from the beginning of the war to this day, "as well when as the late King of Scots lay in the same East Marches, as at all other times," he has burnt and destroyed six times more in Scotland. Along the Liddall (12 miles) were 100 ploughs, the Ludder (6 miles) 40, in the two Carlangriggs 40, along the Ewse (8 miles) 140, the Teviot (from Branksholme to Ewse Doores (8 miles) 80, the Borthuike (8 miles from Borthwykemouth to Craikecross) 100, the Ale (from Askrige to Elmartour) 50. "Lies all, and every of them, waste now, and no corn sown upon none of the said grounds." This is over and above the great raid he made in the Middle March on Martinmas day last, the particulars of which he wrote to the King. On the West Marches he has destroyed the townships of Annand, Dronok, Dronokwod, Tordoff, Fyshegewghe, Stokes, Estrige, Ryelande, Blawetwood, Foulsyke, Westhill, Berghe, Rigge, Stapilton, Wodhall, Raynpatrike, Woddishill, Overbrotts, Nethirbrotts, Elistrige, Calvertsholme, Beltenment, Hole, Kirkpatrike, Hyrdhill, Mossesyde, Stakehughe, Bromeholme, Walghopp, Walghopdale, Baggraye, Murtholme, Langhame, Grymesley and 6 miles of the water of Esk from Stabulgorton down to Cannonby, "whereas there was in all times passed, 400 ploughs and above, which are now clearly wasted and no man dwelling in any of them," except in the towers of Annand, Stepill, and Walghopp. So he will continue his service and diligence from time to time.|
|(fn. 1) On the death of Roger Fenwick, late one of the lieutenants of the Middle Marches, nominated his brother Philip Dacre to succeed, according to his indentures. Complains that the Council have admitted Ralph Fenwick his son; but, as it is the King's pleasure, has discharged his brother. If Fenwick is to continue in office, hopes he will find sufficient bond to discharge him of all responsibility, so that if anything be done amiss Fenwick and Sir Edw. Radcliffe shall answer for it, they having the wages and office of lieutenantship and Dacre the name of Warden. Desires that his brother Philip Dacre may continue to have the wardship of John De la Vale, notwithstanding a placard obtained from Mr. Lovell this last month of April by Sir Cuthbert Ogle, priest, and Guy De la Vale, giving them the profits of the lands. The wardship of Geo. De la Vale, deceased, son and heir of Ann De la Vale, widow, also deceased, and brother of John aforesaid, was granted by patent 18 July 19 Hen. VII. (which the bearer will show) to his mother, who was married to the said Philip Dacre. Kirkoswald, 17 May. Signed.|
|Pp. 6. Add.: To my singular good Lords, my Lord of Norfolk, my Lord of Winchester, my Lord of Durham, my Lord of Lincoln, my Lord of Surrey, and other my Lords of the King's most honorable council.|
S.P. Hen. VIII., 230, f. 177. R.O.
|2914. LORD DARCY to [FOX].|
|Thanks for favour always shown, especially at his (the writer's) return from [Spa]yn (?). Sends his servants Laurence Baynes and John Halile to ask a loan of money. Has not been used to borrowing, but, "with wars and hasty purchase of wards, &c." has "overshott" himself with payments to be made "in overshortt tyme." At my cabyn of Tempilhirst, 18 May.|
|Draft in Darcy's hand, p. 1. Begins: "My very good lord."|
S.P. Hen. VIII., 8, f. 101. R.O.
|2915. [5094.] SIR ROBERT WINGFIELD to HENRY VIII.|
|Wrote his last from this city on the 9th, advertising him that Loys Marroton "looked every hour for his despatch from the Emperor to my Lady his daughter." He left on the 13th. The Emperor sent instructions by Marroton that De la Roche and another (fn. 2) should go in embassade to the King, apparently with no further charge than the matters mentioned in Wingfield's former letter as spoken by the Emperor, except that he desires the Venetians may have no commerce with England. He left eight days since for Gratz, ordering ambassadors to tarry here until his Council follows him, to-morrow. Has heard from Bannisius that letters of the 4th state the Pope is no better inclined to the Emperor. Cardinal Gource was to leave on the 6th for the Emperor receiving the Pope's resolution on the 5th. Till the Pope and Emperor are friends the shrews shall always find means to harm the good. Vienna, 18 May 1514.|
|Hol., pp. 2. Add.|
Ib., f. 103. R.O.
|2916. [5099.] LEO X. to HENRY VIII.|
|Complains of the confiscation, at the instance of the Duke of Suffolk, of a cargo of alum consigned by the Apostolic Chamber to John de Cavalcanti. As all the dues demanded at London have been paid, and the said John is a freeman of London, begs the cargo, or its value, may be restored. In villa Manlianæ, 18 May 1514, 2 pont. Countersigned: Ja. Sadoletus.|
|Lat., p. 1. Add.|
Roman Transcr., I., 1, f. 208. R.O.
|2917. LEO X. to HENRY VIII.|
|Praises his excellent qualities, as enhanced by piety. Is again admonishing L. the French King to send to him for safeconduct for ambassadors to treat of peace or a long truce; and he thinks that the messenger will appear at the same time as this letter, and the ambassadors follow soon after. Exhorts him to consider the common safety of Christendom. Mallianæ, _ Maii, 1514.|
|Latin. Modern transcript, pp. 2.|
|Ib., f. 210.
|2918. THE SAME to THE SAME.|
|Credence for Louis bp. of Tricarico, his domestic prelate, whom he has sent also to Louis the French King about the same things which he will move to Henry. "Datum _."|
|The like to Winchester and Lincoln jointly.|
|Latin. Modern transcript, p. 1. With note that the previous brief "Regi Franciæ" is dated "Romæ, _ Maii, 1514, anno 2o."|
Regesta, I., 9231.
|2919. LEO X. to LOUIS XII.|
|Sends a nuncio to communicate his thoughts, which are directed to nothing but the common good; and urges Louis to help Christendom.|
|Ib., 9232.||2920. LEO X. to the DAUPHIN.|
|Sends Louis bp. of Tricarico to Louis the French King, and has commanded him to go also to the Dauphin.|
Sanuto, XVIII., 210.
|[Note of letters received 21 May 1514.]|
|From Vetor Lippomano, Rome, 18 May.—The Pope left for Majana on the 16th. He will be neutral and join the winner; yet he loves the Signory. If the King of England invades France Louis will make the marriage of his daughter, if not he will certainly take up the enterprise of Italy. Gurk left dissatisfied with the Pope who would not make a league of Pope, Emperor and Spain, nor make the legation of Germany as Gurk wanted. * * *|
|Italian. See Venetian Calendar, II, No. 412.|
|Ib., 245.||ii. [Note of letters received 5 June 1514.]|
|From Ambassador Dandolo, Paris, 18 May.—About espousals of Madame Claudia with Angouleme; [but, adds Sanuto, there are said to be more recent letters which have been read in the Council of Ten and are very good, viz., announcing conclusion of the league and also of the agreement between France and England, so that the King will send to Italy 2,000 lances and 14,000 foot who are ready].|
|Italian. See Venetian Calendar, II, No. 420.|
|20 May.||2922. TRINITY HOUSE.|
|See GRANTS IN MAY, No. 59.|
S.P. Hen. VIII., 230, f. 178. R.O.
|2923. THE NAVY.|
|Bill for wages of a ship (portage, men, deadshares, &c.) for one month from 8 April and twelve days of a second month. Subscribed with Wolsey's holograph order to his "fellow, Mr. Dawnce," to pay it, 119l. 11s. 2d., to Loys of Newcastell. Signed: T. Lincoln.|
|Endorsed with bill of receipt 20 May 6 Hen. VIII., by Lewes Southern, captain and owner of the Elizabeth of Newcastell.|
Galba B. III., 191. B.M.
|2924. [5104.] SIR RICHARD WINGFIELD to SUFFOLK.|
|... "fro my cousin, Sir ... I have sent to Mr. Controller of [Calais (?) with] in a packet addressed to my servant ... for to be delivered by him to your hand." My Lady has as yet received no answer from the Emperor. All the wise men here are abused with his long delay, as the time is passed and no conclusion taken. The term of ratification expired on the 12th inst., so within a few days it must be known what he has done. Urges the marriage should be perfected, with all diligence. All the Prince's council, "except poor Hormistorffe," are inclined to delay it; and, as he is the only person who upholds my Lady Mary's cause, they seek to undo him. Has told Hormistorffe that neither the King nor my Lady Mary will forget him. Thinks he should recommend him to the King. Hormistorffe told him that the Prince, in answer to those about him who urged his being in love with a damsel of the Court, said, "on his faith that it was not so, nor never would be of her or any other, only my Lady Mary reserved." Hopes the marriage may soon be consummated. Malines, 20 May.|
|P.S.—His cousin Sidney is a little crazed with the ague.|
|Hol., pp. 3, mutilated. Add.|
Vitell. B. XVIII., 83. B.M.
|2925. [5105.] SIR ROBERT WINGFIELD to HENRY VIII.|
|Wrote last on the .. of this month, stating that the Emperor would depart next day, but the long absence of the Emperor [would occasion] so many matters of redress that the time of his departure is uncertain. This day received two letters from the King in one cover, dated at Eltham the .. of last month, and the 5th of this; the latter containing instructions how to answer the matters mentioned in his (Wingfield's) of the 5th April. Is not surprised at the Emperor consenting to the "detestable truce," when the King of Aragon justifies it, as Henry will probably have learnt by Wingfield's former letters and Marroton's to my Lady, and by the Emperor's ambassador. Henry, by his letter of the 5th May, praises Wingfield for his conduct of affairs mentioned in his letter of 19th April. Wingfield thanks the King for his good opinion of him; will not fail to inform the Emperor of the matters contained in Henry's of the 5th May. Hopes to be able to give the Emperor a satisfactory answer upon the subject of the Roman crown and the vicariate of the Empire, should he touch upon those matters. Knows the Emperor to be well disposed towards Henry. Wingfield intends to follow the Emperor to-morrow, and hopes to get an audience, and will advertise Henry of the result. Vienna in Ostryk, 20 May.|
|P.S.—If the war with France continue, Wingfield wishes to be discharged of secretary's [service] and serve as a man of war. Sends Henry a letter from the Duke of Milan.|
|Hol., pp. 3, mutilated. Addressed: The King's Grace.|
Vitell. B. II., 77. B.M. Ellis, 2 S. I., 226.
|2926. [5106.] CHR. [BAINBRIDGE], Cardinal, to HENRY VIII.|
|Has written to the King of those who failed in their duty. The s[ervant] of the Bp. of Worcester was met coming in the dark night with a torch behind him, from the French ambassador's house, the Bp. of Marseilles, and instead of coming the straight way, "by my gates," struck down a secret back lane. That bishop (Marseilles) is a great enemy to England. Worcester was frequently with the Protector of France in the city, and in "vynes and garthynges" without the city, and nothing is more odious to him than to hear of the prosperity of England. His sec[retary] reports that he made use of these words, "Latt th[ose] barbarous people of France and Englande every oon kill odre, what shuld [we] care therefore, soo we have their money to make merry withal here." He is universally called here "the falsarie orator of Engl[and]." Bainbridge will be accused by some of the Council of saying this from malice, as heretofore; and that he had brought Worcester to Rome in Pope Julie's days, got him admitted orator to the present Pope, and lately subscribed letters with him. Cannot say he loves him, partly for his untrue dealing towards himself in obtaining favours and writing clandestine letters, partly for his untruth to the King. Pope Julius warned him that Worcester would treat the King and Bainbridge as he had treated his Holiness, and said the same to the ambassador of Aragon. So long as he found Worcester true and diligent, used his services; now never allows him to subscribe his letters, and never will. For these reasons would not take Worcester with him when he showed the Pope the letter from the English ambassadors. Is surprised he has had no answer to his letter wherein he advertised the King of the Pope's willingness to send the brief "super nomine Christianissimi Regis." Worcester always disliked that brief. Thinks he is the cause of this silence. Encloses a letter of Cardinal Sion. Learns from him that the Swiss remain firm. Rome, 20 May 1514.|
|P.S. in his own hand: Doubts not he will see the love borne to his affairs by all strangers there, from the highest to the lowest. Signed.|
|Mutilated, pp. 3. Add.|
Vitell. B. II., 78.* B.M.
|2927. [5107.] SILVESTER BP. OF WORCESTER to HENRY VIII.|
|Will learn all the news by other letters sent this day; among others that the Pope had secretly sent the Bp. of Tricarico to discover the disposition of the French King for a truce, that if England were willing to yield to the Pope's wishes on certain conditions he might not be deceived. He has this minute sent a messenger to him to proceed from the French court to England. Rome, 20 May 1514. Signed.|
|Lat., p. 1. Add.|
|Vitell. B. II.,
|2928. [5353.] [BP. OF WORCESTER to FOX and WOLSEY.] (fn. 3)|
|Answers the letters of Winchester and Lincoln in common, briefly because he is not well either in mind or body. The Pope praises their dexterity in persuading the King to peace, and perfectly agrees in the King's allegation, whom (alone among Christian princes) he thinks sincere in his devotion to the Holy See. For determining the peace he thinks nothing can be more reasonable than the conditions proposed. As to the assent of the Emperor and King of Aragon, the Pope thinks it will be very difficult to obtain the sanction of the Emperor, who is never satisfied with what he has not himself begun. He is so changeable there is no trusting him. The Pope has written to him about the expedition against the Turks and the necessity of universal peace; but his Holiness' ambassador answers that as often as he is spoken to on the subject the Emperor promises to write to the Pope; and does, but is silent on this topic. A peace would follow with the Venetians if the Emperor would allow them something more than Padua and Treviso; but his demands are most unjust and are continually changing. If he would be rational the Pope thinks he could obtain a good sum of money for him from the French. He thinks, too, the King of Aragon will consent, if he may keep Navarre, which he got for nothing, by the presence of the English. He praises Henry for being more honest than his confederates, and warns him that they will not show him so much consideration. His Holiness fully understands the necessity of despatch; and before he received Fox and Wolsey's said letters of 7 Feb., and much more since, he has pressed the matter to the French ambassadors, and also by a nuncio sent into France, saying if Louis refused these proffers he would oppose him in all respects. He has agreed with the French that they shall send a herald to England to ask safe conduct for ambassadors, and his (the Pope's) ambassador will ask safe conduct for the herald. His Holiness thinks the herald will be there before this letter; and if not, it will be a proof that the French have some other treaty in view, of which Worcester has written before.|
|Had written the above when certified by the Pope that the arrangement between France and Aragon, of which he wrote, 4 Feb., has taken effect. The King of France is to give his second daughter to Don Ferdinand, with the duchy of Milan for a dowry; and deliver her at once. For the recovery of that duchy he gives the Emperor and Aragon 1,400 spears and 10,000 foot; to the Emperor he gives money and forces to attack the Venetians; to the Queen of Aragon the Comtè de Foys; and he promises not to aid the King of Navarre. With these conditions, Aragon promises that the Emperor shall ratify the peace within six weeks and Henry's assent shall be obtained somehow (by France leaving the Scots to be subjugated by Henry, as the Pope thinks). "Habes totam hanc perfidiam." The Pope advises Henry to anticipate them, and offer better terms to France; which he will accept, as none of them have any honesty. If the King will accept Boulogne and declare peace between himself and France, leaving the rest to the Pope's arbitrament, he will give a bond, by bull or chirograph, to make an arrangement agreeable to the letters of Fox and Wolsey, and desires written authority for that purpose. The Pope avows he did not hear of this treaty from the Florentine ambassador now in France, but from a nobleman in the confidence of Louis; and thinks it probable, as some Cardinals and others who favour the French have lately been less urgent for his interposition for an accommodation with England, the French ambassadors visit him less often, and Louis, who was seeking to take the Swiss into pay, has now written to his agents to desist. When the Pope upbraided the Spanish ambassador with his master's perfidy he denied he knew anything of it. The Imperial ambassador did the same. His Holiness thinks Henry will be much annoyed, but should dissemble and do nothing at present against Spain. The Pope has not heard of the conditions offered by the Emperor to France. Probably they are that he will make peace and refuse to aid Henry or allow him passage through the Prince of Castile's lands. He has been traitor enough, without being the adversary of England. Wonders how the Emperor and Aragon will dare show their faces after thus betraying Henry with a perfidy worse than that of Judas. Is surprised that there was no one in Spain to give the King notice of what was passing.|
|Sends the composition of peace between the Emperor and the Venetians. Expects an answer to the Pope's briefs. He took in good part the excuse concerning the ambassadors and the legate. Cannot say that Master Talbot did nothing when the insignia were delivered to the Duke of Urbino. Knows that the Abbot of Glastonbury did most. Trusts he will have a similar commission for the insignia of the Magnifico Juliano.|
|Latin. In the hand of Ammonius, pp. 5.|