Henry VIII: November 1514, 11-20

Pages 1444-1450

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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November 1514

11 Nov.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 9, f. 157. R.O.
3432. [5579.] ORDNANCE.
Bill of wages due to labourers (named) carrying into the Tower certain great new pieces and other ordnance which came from Mechlin. For six days ending 11 Nov. 6 Hen. VIII. Wages at 5d. a day.
A fragment, p. 1.
12 Nov.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 230, f. 302. R.O.
Has received his letter dated London, 28 Sept. saying that his farmer of Codyng had informed him that Dacre had distrained without cause certain cattle appertaining to that manor, the property of the King's College of St. Stephen's, Westminster, of which Wolsey is dean. This is not true. Has however caused the cattle to be delivered to him without any charge. Would have seen Wolsey on this and other matters, but God has visited his house with such sickness, he dare not presume to do so as yet. Asks his favor in the suit made by his wife, that he may be pardoned the 100l. which he is bound to pay at Christmas. His day draws fast on and he knows not where to make shift therefor. Hurstmonceaux, 12 Nov. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: "My Lord Archbishop of York."
13 Nov.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 9, f. 158. R.O.
Begs his favor in behalf of John Palsgrave, that he may continue at school. Had willed him to remain at Paris after he was discharged from her service. Intends to do somewhat for him, but as her estate is not yet made she wots not how much. Wishes him helped so that "he shall not need to come home." Paris, 13 Nov. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: To my Lord of York.
13 Nov.
Epist. 542.
3435. [5581.] PETER MARTYR to LUD. FURTADO.
Unless Ferdinand throws off two of his appetites he must soon go the way of all flesh. He is 63, and, besides his asthma, never lets his wife from his side. It is now winter, and the country is very cold, yet he talks like a young man of going to the mountainous country of Leon, because he hears that bears are to be found there. If he does not part with one rib, he will lose all Charon will carry in his boat both him and Louis if they are not careful. The Frenchman went out to meet his bride like a gay bridegroom, perched elegantly on a fine Spanish war-horse, "semicevens," licking his lips and gulping his spittle. If he lives to smell the flowers of the spring, "you may promise yourself 500 autumns." Yet this brave King is thinking of again shaking Italy with war, and is spurred on by Trivulcio and other exiles. Valladolid, id. Nov. 1514.
14 Nov.
Exch. Accts., 418 (5), f. 16. R.O.
Warrant to the Great Wardrobe to deliver Blynde Dyck, Wm. Kechyn and Th. Evans, "our minstrels," tawny gowns, &c. Greenwich, 14 Nov. 6 Hen. VIII.
14 Nov.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 230, f. 303. R.O.
Begs the King to thank my lord Chamberlain and the ambassadors for their good demeanour. Has no news to write except what they can show him. "Sir, I sce the thyem (time) nhow that yf et war possebbyll I wold radar than hall that I have in the warld that you myth by wyet me an knowne, for I thynke you schold lyes non honnor, and I schold have a byettar stye thyn I cane fyend in France." Paris, 14 Nov.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
14 Nov.
Calig. D. VI., 155. B.M.
Writes to assure him that the demeanour of the Lord Chamberlain and of the other ambassadors has been much to the King's honor, and prays him to thank them for the good counsel thay have given him touching the King's causes, and for the love and friendship they have shown him since his coming to France. Would have written such news as be in these parts, but is sure my lord and his fellows can show him as much as he. Paris, 14 Nov.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: To my Lord of Yorke.
14 Nov.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 9, f. 159. R.O.
3439. [5583.] SAMPSON to WOLSEY.
Begs Wolsey will send him the new confirmation of the other first breve, as likely to be effective, especially now at his meeting with the officers. Fears he will be compelled to ride with some of them to Paris, as they profess ignorance of the Bishop's tolerance. Bruges, 14 Nov. 1514.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: To the most reverend my Lord of York, in Angliam.
15 Nov.
Paris Transcripts, No. 1. R.O.
Both Suffolk and the Chamberlain, at present with Louis, have signified his favour to Wolsey. Hears from the Chamberlain that if the Queen (of England) bears a son, Louis will gladly be godfather and gossip; and for that purpose, and to treat of an interview and other matters, will send a personage of honour. Declared this to the King who is marvellously rejoiced, as also is the Queen. As she looks to lie in shortly it is requisite that diligence be made about the personage. Showed the King what Louis alleged touching Madame de Guyldford; and he is pleased that she shall not return. This and other things will be learnt from the Duke of Suffolk. Greenwich, 15 Nov. Signed: T. Eboracensis.
French. Modern transcript from Paris, pp. 2.
15 Nov.
Vesp. F. III., 21. B.M.
Thanks him for his kind letters and good counsel. The Lord Chamberlain and the other ambassadors will report how lovingly the King her husband treats her. Trusts they have made a substantial and perfect end touching her almoner, of whose demeanour here Henry will be informed better than she can write. Paris, 15 Nov.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: "To the Kyng my broter."
16 Nov.
Close Roll 6 Hen. VIII., m. 3d. R.O.
Indenture, 11 Nov. 6 Hen. VIII., of sale by Thomas Earl of Surrey to the Crown, in repayment of a loan of 2,000l., of the manors of Claxton, Helughton alias Helyngton, Norf., and Fyndon, Suss. Recognised by the Earl, 16 Nov.
16 Nov.
Exch. Accts., 418 (5), f. 49. R.O.
Warrant to the Great Wardrobe to deliver Geoffrey Wren, clerk of the Closet, a gown cloth, the colour "to be at his own proper choice." Greenwich, 16 Nov. 6 Hen. VIII.
Ib., f. 45. 2. The like for two altar cloths and four "awbes" (described), one of the cloths "to have an image of the Salutation of Our Lady and Saint Gabriell with a lilypot betwixt them and with this scripture Ave gratia plena Dominus tecum," and both to be embroidered with "branches of red and white roses in the midst of them." Greenwich, 16 Nov. 6 Hen. VIII.
16 Nov.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 9, f. 160. R.O.
Has been compelled to borrow money of the deputy of Calais for his necessities. Begs to have what is due to him, about 100l., besides the rewards which the King, Wolsey and others of the Council are accustomed to give him "for the extraordinaries." Has received a letter from his brother at Lyons, desiring to offer his services to Wolsey. Bruges, 16 Nov. 1514. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: To, &c. my Lord the Abp. of York.
16 Nov.
Calig. D. VI., 282. B.M.
3445. [5587.] [SAMPSON] to [WOLSEY].
Yesterday, 15 Nov., he had the [offi]cers assembled, whom he found as ready as before to defend the bishop's [ti]tle. The vi[car] general of the bishop exhibited an "appellation tuitori" to Rome, although they perceived by my Lady's (fn. 1) letters and Sampson's relation that the French King wished Wolsey to have the adminis tration, for they had letters from the bishop lately commanding them to defend his jurisdiction. Surprised at this, but trusting to the French King's promise, he agreed with them that Mr. Peter Coterel, vicar sometime, for their part, and [himself,] for Wolsey, should go to Paris, "to know whether the bishop would suffer the charge and wait to prosecute his appeal against the Pope's brief." If not, he trusts Wolsey will have quiet administration. All the officers are favorable to him, as he has used no rigor. If Wolsey can thus obtain quiet possession, it will be much to his honor; otherwise to his "great charge, disquietness, and doubt at the end; [for] as the chance of victory in a battle is very doubt[ful,] so, says the law and the learned in the same, that the end of a plea [is] doubtful; and more especially because he is in possession." Hopes to be at Paris by the end of next week. "This bishopric hath been often in variance, and as [they] say, few times otherwise; and lasted the plea sometimes [20] year without ceasing. And during the possession of the ... none of these parties durst enterprise to occupy the offices." It is urged that Wolsey's claim to administration is only for momentary causes; "and if they purge the causes, your administration ceaseth." Wolsey's officers would be exposed to the grudge and malice of their ordinary for favoring him, unless peaceable possession were obtained. At Br[uges the 16th day of] November, 1514.
Holograph, pp. 2, mutilated.
16 Nov.
Sanuto, XIX., 295.
3446. VENICE.
[Copy, entered under 30 Nov. 1514, of letters.]
From _ (blank), Paris, 16 Nov.—Brief account of the jousts on each of four days [13–16 Nov.], with names of the challengers (among whom were the English Duke of Suffolk and Marquis "Malore" or "Malorf"). On the third day a band of English gentlemen, in black, appeared and ran well.
Italian. See Venetian Calendar, II, No. 518.
17 Nov.
Calig. D. VI., 145. B.M. Lett. de Rois, II., 548. (Documents Inédits.)
In favor of a poor priest named Vincent Knyght who came into England with her father (Henry VII.), and has since dwelt there, but has frequently been sent hither during the wars by command of the Council, who promised him a benefice, but put him in prison at Tournay, when the King was there. He remained in prison seven weeks, when he was taken to England and placed in the Fleet, where he has since been for 44 weeks confined without just cause, and lost everything, as her special servants in England have informed her. Prays that the King will command the Bishop of York to return him his money. Paris, 17 Nov. [1514]. Signed: Par vostre bonne seur, Marie.
P. 1. French. Margin burnt. Add.: [A mon t]rescher Seigneur et frere [le Ro]y d'Angleterre. Translated in Mrs. Green's Letters of Royal and Illustrious Ladies, I., 182.
18 Nov.
Exch. Accts., 418 (5), f. 31. R.O.
Warrant to the Great Wardrobe to deliver Eliz. Vargus, Eliz. Colyns, Blanche Merbury and Marg. Mulshoo, chamberers with the Queen, russet damask for gowns, &c. Greenwich, 18 Nov. 6 Hen. VIII.
Exch. Accts.,
418 (5), f. 36. R.O.
2. The like to deliver Th. Tristram, Davy Philips, Andrew de Foyst, John Williams, Wm. Gower and Stephen Toche, "our footmen," gowns of tawny medley, &c. Greenwich, 18 Nov. 6 Hen. VIII.
18 Nov.
Calig. D. VI., 156. B.M. Ellis, 2 S. I., 255.
Has received his letter, written at Greenwich on All Soul's day, 2 Nov., whereby he perceives the King is content with his writing. The Sunday after his last letter, written on 3 Nov., the Queen was crowned; "and at afternoon we and the French King's council went together, and determined, as we wrote unto the King's grace in a letter." Since then the Duke of Abany came to his lodging commissioned by the King to speak with him, and said that the King counselled him to go to Scotland to mediate such a peace as should be for Henry's honor; that to prevent suspicion, he would leave his wife in France, and come by the King, Suffolk's master, and return as soon as possible, for he must go over the Mountains. To all which Suffolk replied that he had [no commission] "to meddle of such matters." Then he said the French King would speak with him about it, but he heard no more of the matter. "How be it my Lord Chamberlain and Dr. West [showed me that the French King's] council had been in hand with th[em upon the going of the said Duke; and] upon that we and they took a conclus[ion to advertise the King thereof in all haste]; and if so were that the French King would be in hand [with me, I should do all that is] in me possible to let his going." Three days before my Lord Chamberlain went, the Queen showed to Suffolk and the Marquis divers things which they will tell Wolsey at their coming; which seeing that she had need of good friends about the King, they partly disclosed to my Lord Chamberlain, my Lord of St. John's and Dr. West, recommending them, at the Queen's request, to send for my Lord Longuevyle, the Bp. of St. Paul's, Robert Tete, and the General of Normandy, which they promised to do. "And so within these two days our intention is to [bring] them unto the Queen's grace according to our communication and appointment. My lord, at the writing of this letter the justs were done; and blessed be God all our Englishmen sped well, as I am sure ye shall hear by other." Paris, 18 Nov. Signed.
Pp. 3. Add. and endd.
18 Nov.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 9, f. 161. R.O.
3450. [5591.] SAMPSON to [WOLSEY].
That another prebend is vacant in Tournay he learnt this day, by those who have the Pope's provision requiring execution of their bull. As Wolsey commanded, he refused to admit the provision. Does not see, however, how it can be withstood without the King's help, as his predecessors in the bishopric were bound to such admission. On the 21st begins his journey to Paris. Bruges, 18 Nov. 1514.
Hol., p. 1.
18 Nov.
Epist. 543.
3451. [5592.] PETER MARTYR to LUD. FURTADO.
The Venetians have attacked Ramon de Cardona, who fled to Brescia, and lost his baggage. Bergamo has surrendered to the Venetians. Against all the advice of his physicians, Ferdinand would go to Leon. There was a great storm of wind and rain; the rivers overflowed; the King and Queen lost most of their baggage. Ferdinand has caught a cold and is worse, and declines all business.
Now from the King Catholic to the King non-Catholic. Selim Shah has written to the Grand Master of Rhodes and the Ragusans, styling them friends, and detailing the destruction of the Sophi. He acknowledges that the loss of the Turks was 150,000. The Rhodians are in great apprehension. Valladolid, xiv. kl. Dec. 1514.
19 Nov.
Sanuto, XIX., 309.
3452. VENICE.
[Note of letters received 7 Dec. 1514.]
From Ambassador Dandolo, Paris, 19 Nov.—The King is preparing a powerful army for the enterprise of Italy. Apparently there will be an interview between the Kings of France and England this Christmas.
Italian. See Venetian Calendar, II, No. 523.
20 Nov.
Exch. Accts., 418 (5), f. 18. R.O.
Warrant to the Great Wardrobe to deliver Sir Ric. Cholmeley, knight for the Body and deputy lieutenant of the Tower, gowns, &c., for the use of William de la Pole. Greenwich, 20 Nov. 6 Hen. VIII.
20 Nov.
Ib., f. 39. R.O.
Warrant to the Great Wardrobe to deliver John Copinger, page of the Robes, and Wm. Wise, sewer of the Chamber, black damask gowns, &c. Greenwich, 20 Nov. 6 Hen. VIII.
20 Nov.
Titus B. I., 228. B.M.
In favor of Simon de Reyshach, Chancellor of Friesland. Ex Lewardia, 20 Nov. 1514.
Lat., p. 1. Endorsed: Letters of credence delivered to Sir Thomas Spynelly, knt., by the Chancellor of Frizeland for the Duck of Saxe.
Galba B. III.,
225. B.M.
The Duke of Gueldres [has written] to Prince George of Saxony [stating that the Duke is required] in the name of the King of France to aid Edezard earl of Emden as the confederate of France and England. On application to the King of England, the latter denies that the Earl has been admitted into the confederacy, and refuses to assist him; but desires that his understanding with the Duke of Saxony may continue and be strengthened. Saxony sends his thanks and (in proof that the Duke so wrote) the letters he and his lieutenant in West Friesland received from the Duke of Gueldres, wherein he states that he has collected a large army with a view of raising the siege of Groningen. Prince George is the Imperial Governor in perpetuity of all Friesland and Groningen, and would be glad if the King of England would send an ambassador, with the writer, to the King of France asking him to enjoin that no assistance be given by Gueldres to the rebellious inhabitants of Groningen. Last summer he asked [in the name] of the said Prince for a loan of 40,000 gold crowns for a year, and now repeats the request. The writer has been hindered from visiting England by the weather. Prince George therefore requests [Spinelly] to announce the above to the King, and if he wishes to send an ambassador, the writer will wait for him here in Brussells or at Calais.
Lat., pp. 3, mutilated, and last page misplaced. Indorsed by Spinelly: The remembrance given by the Chancellor of Frizeland touching his charge of the Duke of Saxe, his master, to Sir Thomas Spinelly, knight, for to be sent to the King, &c.
S.P. Hen. VIII.,
9, f. 166. R.O.
Payments made by Sir Richard Wingfield while in the King's commission, at two several times, from 8 Jan. 4 Hen. VIII. to 21 Nov. 6 Hen. VIII., viz.:—
To the lord Bastard Damerie for month's wages of 250 horsemen from 15 June 5 Hen. VIII., 26 horsemen from 15 May, himself and officers from 15 June and 8 halberts from 15 May, 428l. 7s. 11½d. John de Briak for month's wages of 100 gunners from 1 July 5 Hen. VIII. To spies; to guides sent by the Emperor to conduct the King's army; to scouts on the King's arrival at Arkes; to the lord Waronbones servant, attending Wingfield at Brussels and Malynes; to Lancaster Herald for costs from 25 April to 24 May 5 Hen. VIII. and for costs in Flanders, 8 June; [to "the master of the posts in the Prince of Castill Court for a voyage unto Rome appointed by me, Doctor Knyght and Sir Thomas Spynelly, 11l. 5a."] (fn. 2); to Henry Hount, and 28 mariners in the King's row barge; to his servant Bishop coming and going; to Bluemantle for conveyance of letters into France; to Sir Hugh Conway (666l. 13s. 4d.) upon warrant signed by the Abp. of York and bp. of Winchester; to the glasier of Antwerp for glazing the great east window in St. Nicholas' Church, Calais, by the King's. command, 33l. 6s. 8d.; to a painter of Gaunt for taking the portraiture of the King's visage to be set in the said window 25s., reward (200l.) given to Wingfield "at his departure out of the field," (including Wingfield's own diets from 8 Jan. 4 Hen. VIII. to 24 June following, and from 19 Feb. 5 Hen. VIII. to 21 Nov. following) &c.
ii. Receipts (specified) from Mr. Heron (by the hands of Thomas Partrich and Lancaster Herald) and Sir John Daunce (by Dr. Knyght and Robert Bisshop).
Pp. 8.


  • 1. Margaret's.
  • 2. Cancelled.