Henry VIII: December 1514, 11-20

Pages 1476-1483

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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December 1514

11 Dec.
Exch. Accts., 418 (5), f. 41. R.O.
Warrant to the Great Wardrobe to deliver Simon Welden, "one of our priests singing in our chapel at our manor of Richmond," a gown and tippet; any command "heretofore to the contrary notwithstanding." Greenwich, 11 Dec. 6 Hen. VIII.
11 Dec.
Exch. Accts., 61 (22). R.O.
Bill of the "names of the overseers, artificers and labourers appointed by Sir Edward Belknapp, knight, and Bede Olyver, master carpenter, for to despatch at the Tower 18 hoys lately comen from Calais with the King's ordnance and fare carts," viz.:—John Rastell, gentleman, at 12d. the day, Geoffrey Hughes at 8d. and various numbers of carpenters, smiths and wheelers at 6d. and labourers at 5d., with the wages due to them, day by day, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 4, 5, 7 and 9 Dec. Totals of pay for each page. Grand total 8l. 16s. 6d. Signed by Belknapp and Sir Ric. Cholmeley.
Pp. 15.
Ib., 61 (8).
2. Similar bill for six days beginning 11 Dec. Total, 19l. 13s. 7d. Signed by Belknapp and Cholmeley.
Pp. 9.
11 Dec.
Calig. B. I., 25. B.M.
3540. [5681.] JOHN LORD FLEMYNG to [LORD HUME?].
"My Lord," I wrote at length, by Le March and Andrew Hamilton; and have since made many "onsetts" upon the King and Council for despatch. Obtained on Sunday, 3d inst., that the Dauphin, the Duke of Bourbon, and the princes of France then present promised the fleet should be ready, with artillery, by the end of the month. Leaves this day for Tours to receive the artillery and send it to Britanny. I enclose for Lords Hamilton and Glasgow, and you, a copy of the instructions given by the King to a clerk he is sending to Scotland. Your servant, Sir Alexander Jarden, will show you the Duke's mind and mine. The Duke (fn. 1) is the same man as ever he was, and will not fail his friends, who "bide at his opinion as ye have ever done." The Queen has written to England and to the Pope, complaining that "her barnes and dowary is taken fra hir, and that scho deys for hunger and hase laide hir jewellis in wed." England writes to the King here that he will make war upon the Scots for this, and failing the succession, make the eldest son King of England and the youngest King of Scotland. "Therfor I pray you ye cause to gar kepe the barnes wele." Begs he will give no credence to the Secretary, who loves him not, and has imprisoned his men in his absence. Sir Alexander Jarden and the Laird of Kincard will show him what is done here. Paris, 11 Dec. Signed.
Hol., p. 1. Fly leaf with address lost.
12 Dec.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 9, f. 214. R.O.
Wrote his last on the 6th, from Insbrooke, that the Viceroy of Naples was expected. Yesterday the Cardinal Gurk and the Pope's ambassador rode to meet him an English mile out of the town; and Wingfield joined the company in order to prevent scandal. Has yet received no commission different from the first enjoining him to promote amity between England and Aragon. The Viceroy was exceedingly complaisant. Will not pretend to disclose his real thoughts. He and Prosper Colonna intend to persuade the Emperor to a peace with the Venetians and to restore Brescia. Messengers pass to and from the King of Aragon. Thinks Aragon knows his interest too well not to be reconciled with England. The Emperor went hence the day before the Viceroy arrived, for a hunt already prepared; and the Viceroy, who arrived a day earlier than was expected, was perplexed thereat, but the Emperor returned this evening. The Viceroy dined with the Cardinal to-day and was this night conveyed to the Emperor after 8 p.m. Will send further news on next occasion. Insbrooke, 12 Dec. 1514, at 10 p.m.
Hol., pp. 3. Add.
12 Dec.
Vesp. F. I., 97. B.M. Venetian Calendar, II., No. 526 (Abstract).
3542. [5687.] VENICE.
Acceptance by the Doge of the comprehension of Venice in the treaty between Henry VIII. and Louis XII. Venice, 12 Dec. 1514. Signed: Leonardus Lauredanus. Leaden seal appended.
Vellum. Endd.: "Confirmatio comprehensionis factæ de Venetis per Ducem et Senatum Venetiarum." 12 Dec. 1514.
14 Dec.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 230, f. 313. R.O.
Receipt, 14 Dec. 6 Hen. VIII., by John Joynour, alias Richmond Herald, from Sir John Daunce, of wages, at 4s. a day, for 20 days begun 14 Dec. 6 Hen. VIII., for "conveyance of letters and commissions into Flawnders to my lady Margaret." Signed: Richmont Harauld.
Hol., p. 1.
14 Dec.
Ven. Transcr., 176, p. 154. R.O.
3544. VENICE.
14 Dec. 1514.—The Doge's commission and instructions to Donato and Pasqualigo, ambassadors to France and England.
Arriving at the French Court they shall, together with the present ambassador, obtain audience and express vehemently the Signory's congratulations upon his marriage and desire for his prosperity. If occasion offers they shall do the like with the Queen. They shall visit Mons. d'Angouleme, the Duke of Bourbon, the Cardinals, if in Court, and such others as the present ambassador advises, including the treasurer Robertet. Afterwards they shall obtain a secret audience and exhort the King to make the expedition of Lombardy as soon as possible where they are certain he will be able to repeat the words of Cæsar, Veni, vidi, vici.
They shall then proceed to England and similarly obtain a general audience and a private audience wherein to urge the King to encourage the expedition of Lombardy. There they shall visit such of the noblemen as the present ambassador recommends. That done, Pasqualigo shall return to France and Donato reside in England, so that the present ambassador may return home.
In their journey they shall visit, on the Signory's behalf, the Duke and Duchess of Ferrara (and the Cardinal if he is there), the Duke of Genoa (declaring the Signory's affection for the house of Fregosa) and Madame de Bourbon, if they happen to come where she is. To the Queen of France in their first audience they shall present the hat of silk and the balass and pearl consigned to them; and secretly they shall present the two rings to Robertet.
They shall also in their journey visit the Duke of Savoy, Marquis of Montferrat, Saluzo and other noblemen. The two letters herewith addressed to the ambassadors in France and England are licences for their return home.
Note, headed "Die 18 Decembris," that owing to Donato's illness Sebastian Justiniano, knight, was elected in his place and Pasqualigo written to to await him at Lyons, and he was given a copy of the above commission on 4 Jan.
ii. Licence to the Ambassador Dandolo to return home. And because he has written that the King of France desires him to pass the mountains with Bourbon and his army, he may come without waiting for his successor's return from England.
iii. Licence to Badoer, when Donato arrives, to return home and by the way fulfil his vow at St. James in Gallicia.
Read in the College, 18 Dec.
Italian and (§§ ii., iii.) Latin. Modern transcript, pp. 5. See Venetian Calendar, II, Nos. 528–31.
15 Dec.
Galba B. V., 328. B.M.
3545. [5697.] SAMPSON to WOLSEY.
After leaving Paris, wrote from Tournay shewing the cause of his short return. Has agreed that it shall rest in the hands of the officers till other process be made. Gives the reasons for not having commenced the process; is afraid of the confusion it would create. The temporality are much set against the spirituality, and would be under no control if one ordinary absolved what another excommunicated. The promises made by the French King, "as I could perceive by the President, the Bishop's father, or by the Bishop of Paris, or the Treasurer of France," are only colorable; thinks he ought to have a good solicitor with the King to expedite the renunciation. Though the French King himself be well minded to Wolsey he must remit the business to his Council, who are very good Frenchmen and very bad Englishmen. Another reason for delaying it is Wolsey's new title of York. Has great difficulty also in finding proper officers. Does not think that Wolsey's confidence in his officers at Tournay, and especially John Villain his receiver, is well founded; no one is more fervent against him. Has no aid in Flanders except through the doctor of whom he has already written. John Seillier of Tournay, who was in England at the Parliament, for Tournay, is trustworthy. Has, for the above reasons, deferred execution of the brief. The lord lieutenant can explain the difficulties. Except through the French King's influence, Wolsey will get no profit from that diocese. Bruges, 15 Dec. 1514.
Hol., pp. 3, mutilated. Add.: My Lord of York.
S.P. Hen. VIII.,
9, f. 216. R.O.
3546. [5698.] WOLSEY to [SAMPSON].
(Imperfect at the beginning.)
" ... between the Prince, his subjects and the King ye wat not what ye mean, there is no such liklihood, for they have declared themself pro comprehensione in tractatu jam concluso inter potentissimum Regem nostrum et Regem Gallorum." Is sure that if any person refused to do his duty, a remedy would be had on complaint to my Lady. Perceives his correspondent thinks the elect has hopes of revoking Wolsey's administration. "Ye need not doubt thereof; the Pope would not offend me for one thousand such as the elect is, nor there is no such thing spoken of nor intended. I would not have you to muse so much on the moon, but to go straightly and wisely to my matters, and not to be moved with every wind and frivolous report." As to the saying of Rubbertet, mentioned in another letter, that Wolsey's administration would be at an end whenever the elect returned, "do ye suppose that the said elect shall be admitted or suffered to dwell in Tournay without the King my master's licence, which I am sure he shall never obtain?" He could not be admitted unless he become the King's subject, and renounce the French King. Understands also that his correspondent has agreed that the rents should remain in the hands of the tenants till the dispute with the elect is settled. This is prejudicial to Wolsey's right. Desires he will immediately set about levying what is due now at this holy time of Christmas; and if he meet with opposition, to execute the sentence. Hopes he will attend to Wolsey's interests in future, better than he has done hitherto; otherwise Wolsey must have recourse to other means, "for that ye have hitherto thought for the best is clearly turned to the worst."
Draft in Wolsey's hand, p. 1.
15 Dec.
Sanuto, XIX., 326.
3547. VENICE.
[Note of letters received 19 Dec. 1514.]
From the Ambassador at Rome, 15 Dec.—The Pope told him Bembo wrote that one senator said they would never make agreement without Verona; if so (said the Pope?) they would lose Padua, Treviso and their whole state and have leagued against them Spain with 500 lances, the Emperor with 300, himself with 300, the Duke of Milan and the Swiss, and the King of Spain would put 60,000 ducats in bank at Rome and give as much more to the Duke of Milan to pay Swiss against the French; he had written to Bembo to return to Rome at once if he received a denial. Hieronymo Moron has come to Rome as Milanese ambassador. Julian de Medici goes to Savoy to marry the Duke's sister. Cardinal Gurk is going into France to treat an agreement. The King of England has written to the King of Spain threatening war if he opposes France. He (the Pope?) will give Parma and Piacenza to the Duke of Milan. The Kings of France and England hold an interview on St. Thomas' Day.
Italian. See Venetian Calendar, II, No. 539.
15 Dec.
Ven. Transcr., 180, p. 29. R.O.
15 Dec. 1514.—Send herewith the answer made to the Pope's secretary. * * * [Bembo said?] that the King of France would like England to break with Spain, and to that end seeks an interview, but the King of England will not do that, and therefore will keep deferring the interview, and not even give the 6,000 foot; and, far from having 16,000 lanzknechts, the King of France will with difficulty have 4,000. * * *
Italian. Modern extract, ½ p. See Venetian Calendar, II, No. 532.
16 Dec.
Foxe, IV., 187.
Device for a solemn session (fn. 2) to be held in St. Mary's Chapel, by the Bishop of London, for publication of sentence of heresy upon Richard Hun, dec. The articles against him and the other articles "out of his great book of the Bible extracted" (see No. 3507, §§ 1, 2) are to be recited.
From Bishop Fitzjames's Register.
Ib., 188. 2. Definitive sentence against Hun pronounced by the Bishop in the presence and with the assent of Thomas bp. of Durham, Wm. bp of Lincoln and John bp. of Calipolis and many others (not named).
16 Dec.
Exch. Accts., 418 (5), f. 29. R.O.
Warrant to the Great Wardrobe to deliver Giles Duwes, the King's servant, a damask gown, &c. Greenwich, 16 Dec. 6 Hen. VIII.
16 Dec.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 230, f. 314. R.O.
Receipt by Jo. Tylney of London, 16 Dec. 6 Hen. VIII., from Sir Tho. Lucy, of 4l. as rent for the farm of Wandangrene, in Fulham, by the hands of Oliver Irelond, servant of Lucy. Signed and sealed.
P. 1.
16 Dec.
Paris MS.
Note of receipt, 16 Dec. 1514, of a French pension of 50 cr. by Clarenceux King of Arms.
See Spanish Calendar, Vol. II, No. 204.
17 Dec.
Sanuto, XIX., 421.
Received his letters of congratulation on the peace with France and thanks for nomination therein. High commendations of Badoer who has announced the appointment of his successor. 17 Dec. 1514.
Latin. Contemporary copy entered under date 6 Feb. 1514. See Venetian Calendar, II, No. 581.
18 Dec.
Exch. Accts., 418 (5), f. 27. R.O.
Warrant to the Great Wardrobe to deliver Laurence Eglisfylde, Hugh ap Howell and 9 others (named), yeomen ushers of the Chamber, Wm. Studdon, John ap Howell and 156 others (named), yeomen, Sir Wm. Compton, Sir John Sharpe, Sir Wm. Tyler, Chr. Rochester, Wm. Gower, John Dyngley, Nic. Baker, Th. Compton, Wm. Burche, Peter Malmesey, Rob. Lytell, Wm. Crofton, John Pultney, Edw. Forrest, John Pate and John Collynson, grooms, and John Sygewyke, Piers Champyon, Th. Carvanell, Wm. Rygeley, Henry Parker and Masse Vyllyard, pages; London russet for watching clothing. Greenwich, 18 Dec. 6 Hen. VIII.
19 Dec.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 230, f. 315. R.O.
Names and wages of overseers and labourers appointed by Sir Richard Cholmeley and Sir Edward Belknappe to despatch two hoys, the Fortune of Rosyndall and the Herte of Gengh, that came from Calais, 18 and 19 Dec. 6 Hen. VIII., and also drawing culverins into the Bulwark and bearing iron shot into the Tower, viz.:—John Rastell, gentleman, at 1s. by the day, and Geoffrey Hewis, at 8d., overseers, and 68 labourers at 5d. Signed by Cholmeley.
Mutilated, p. 1.
19 Dec.
Vitell. B. XVIII., 102. B.M.
Wrote last on the ... inst. The Viceroy of Naples has dep[arted to] Verona, and requested Wingfield to apprise Henry of his desire to be of service to him. The Emperor, during his stay, treated him with good cheer, and [gave him], in silver of the mines and in other things, 3,000 florins. The Viceroy gave the Emperor pieces of velvet and satin, and the officers 500 florins. Rode with the Cardinal of Gource and the Pope's Ambassador to an abbey a mile from hence, and heard [mass], and "met with the Viceroy which passed th[at way. We] rode in company together upon a q[arter of a league] and then bade him farewell at [which time he] had the words unto me above [said]."
As touching the Con ... it they will at the conclu[sion] ... past and the Emperor's subjects ... determined to experiment the war." The Viceroy has declared his master's intention to be that if the Venetians will not condescend to such a peace as may be honorable to the Emperor, the Viceroy shall employ the army under him against them to their ruin. They will suffer much this summer unless the French King succour them by sending his army into the duchy of Milan; which, it is said he intends, and expects men from England to help therein. The Swiss have concluded a league with the Pope, the Florentines, and the Genoese, and are in treaty for another with the Emperor, the King of Aragon, and the Duke of Milan, which is likely to take effect. "Where the Emperor was in possession of the city of Modon, and one Veyte Fruste, kinsman to the Cardinal of Gource, governor there, so it was that in a civil [confu]ysion (as it is said) shewed himself partial where[upon] the party grieved gathered company unbewares [of the said] Veyte, and hath taken and doth hold [him prisoner and have] taken the governance of the ... the Pope, but as ... matter I can not ... tyme." Insbrook, [19 September,] 1514.
Hol., mutilated, pp. 3. Add.: The King's Grace. Endorsed: Sir Robert Wyngfield the 19th day of September (sic).
19 Dec.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 9, f. 218. R.O.
3557. [5705.] THOMAS COLMAN to WOLSEY.
Sends him an account of the news received from the Venetians of the defeat of the Sophi by the Turk. Last year the Sophi, who wished to turn Christian, collected a great army, consisting, among others, of Hungarians and Poles, to resist his efforts. On the 24th June the Turk summoned a council of the princes of Turkey, warning them that the Sophi intended the destruction of Mahometanism, and had collected a body of 80,000 horse. Hereupon the Prince of Natalia started up and promised a body of 30,000 renegade Christians, the Prince of Negropont 40,000 horse and foot, the Prince of Romania 20,000 horse and 20,000 foot; others accordingly. The Turk himself undertook to levy 400,000. The 2nd Aug. was appointed for the meeting. They met at Trebizonde. The battle began two hours after sunrise; 200,000 fell before the victory was decided, by the valour of Prince Scyanus, in favour of the Mahometans. The army of the Sophi was cut to pieces. The river Aridon ran with blood three hours. Bologna, xiv kal. Januar. 1514.
Hol. Lat., p. 1. Add.: Rmo. &c. T. Eboracensi Archiepiscopo.
19 Dec.
Ven. Transcr., 176, p. 158. R.O.
19 Dec. 1514.—Besides their letter herewith, they think it well to write separately that, in view of the Pope's saying that there will be truce between their enemies and France, * * * Moreover they remember his writing recently that the King of France said that a new league would shortly be made between him, England, Venice and the Pope. Having heard no more of this they remind him to exhort the King to it.
Italian. Modern extract, ½ p. See Venetian Calendar, II, No. 538.
19 Dec.
Venetian Calendar, II., Nos. 533, 535–7.
Sudden illness of Donato on 17 Dec. 1514, and instructions about the balass and other presents, 18 and 19 Dec.
19 Dec.
Vitell. B. II., 101.* B.M.
Requests his favor for himself and Polydore Vergil, and that he may not be thrust from an office he has held so many years by the kindness of the King and his father. Has served them 24 years. Acting at present as chamberlain of the Holy College, he recently granted, when at Viterbo with the Pope, to Wolsey's proctors a delay in paying the dues of the bishopric, and now has done them no small grace in the same matter, as they would write. Rome, 19 Dec. 1514. Signed.
Lat., p. 1. Add.: Archiepiscopo Eboracensi. Endorsed.
20 Dec.
Exch. Accts., 418 (5), f. 40. R.O.
Warrant to the Great Wardrobe to deliver Pero le Doulx, "cook for our mouth," a gown, &c. Greenwich, 20 Dec. 6 Hen. VIII.
Ib., f. 32. 2. Also to Henry Pynnago, "sewer for our mouth," a velvet gown, &c. Greenwich, 20 Dec. 6 Hen. VIII.
20 Dec.
S.P. Hen. VIII., 9, f. 220. R.O.
Repeat their intercession in behalf of Cardinal St. Chrysogon and Polydore archdeacon of Wells. The Cardinal is so much his Majesty's creature, educated in England, that he is reputed as the English Cardinal. "Romæ sub sigillis nostrorum Trium in ordine Priorum," 20 Dec. 1514. Countersigned: Jo. Almadianus, clericus.
Lat., p. 1. Add.: Rev. &c. Thomæ Archiep'o ecclesiæ Eboracensi.—Episcopi, presbyteri, diaconi S.R.E. cardinales. Endd.
20 Dec.
Leonis X. Regesta, Vol. I., No. 13,324.
3563. LEO X. to LOUIS XII.
Is very pleased that Louis commends his benevolence to Andrew abp. of St. Andrews and begs that Louis also will favour the said Andrew.
Latin. Modern abstract.


  • 1. Of Albany.
  • 2. This session was held by the Bishop and Dr. John Young, bp. of Callipolis, his suffragan, on 16 Dec.—Foxe.