Henry VIII: May 1536, 21-25

Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 10, January-June 1536. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1887.

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, 'Henry VIII: May 1536, 21-25', in Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 10, January-June 1536, (London, 1887) pp. 391-401. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/letters-papers-hen8/vol10/pp391-401 [accessed 18 May 2024].

. "Henry VIII: May 1536, 21-25", in Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 10, January-June 1536, (London, 1887) 391-401. British History Online, accessed May 18, 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/letters-papers-hen8/vol10/pp391-401.

. "Henry VIII: May 1536, 21-25", Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 10, January-June 1536, (London, 1887). 391-401. British History Online. Web. 18 May 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/letters-papers-hen8/vol10/pp391-401.


May 1536, 21-25

21 May.
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935. Sir George Lawson to the Duke of Norfolk.
Hears that the Duke has taken displeasure, and is heavy lord to him, and that he will be discharged of his fee with the duke of Richmond without cause. Reminds him of his services, and begs him to continue his gracious lord; to allow him to answer any report that has been made of him; and to permit him to enjoy the said fee in his old age. Pleads his faithful service and losses. Lynne, 21 May.
P. 1. Endd. "The copie of my letter sent to my lord of Norfolkes grace for my fee with my lord of Richemoundes grace." "Sir George Lawson."
21 May.
R. O.
936. John Graynfyld to Lord Lisle.
Moved my Lord Chancellor to speak to the King for your coming to England. He will urge it on the King today if he has an opportunity Water Portlande has probably sent you the news. London, 21 May.
My Lord Chancellor has staid your pursuivant three days in order to send you the Acts for Calais, passed in this last Parliament. Your denizens of Calais have made Walter Portlande very rich. Be good to one Anseley, that is a suitor for the . . . . (?) of his brother at Calais.
Hol., p. 1. Add. Endd.
21 May.
R. O. St. P. ii. 316.
937. Lord Leonard Gray to [Cromwell].
Has sent espial to Galway to meet the return of the ship which took Jas. de la Hyde and Parson Welche to Spain. Sends the examination of John Dyrram, Delahide's tailor in Spain, who landed on the 12th at Drogheda, and has been executed. Has refused licence to the Lord Treasurer and the baron of Delven to go to the King, as they are the best captains of the Englishry, except the earl of Ossory, who cannot take such pains as they. Asks him not to listen to complaints without sending here for the truth. Complains of want of money. Some soldiers have pledged their horse and harness for meat and drink, and others sold them outright. Some Acts of Parliament have been waiting for the coming of the Chief Justice and the Master of the Rolls to receive the royal assent, but the Council thinks they had better pass. Dublin, 21 May. Signed.
Pp. 2.
R. O. 2. The examination of John Dyrram, lately servant to Thomas Fytzgarett, newly come out of Spain.
Left Jas. Delahyde at Malaga. Delahyde went by land to Naples at Lammas last, leaving parson Walche to return home and shift for himself. Has not seen him since, but heard he was sick at Naples, and went in a russet jacket. Heard Markas Lynche, merchant of Galway, say that a letter came from Naples to Thos. Fitzgerold, but he did not know whether it were from the Emperor or Delahide. Welche left St. Mary's Point for Ireland in a ship of Portingale on New Year's eve, with Piers Kyrewan and John Halowen. Was told by Gregory Fagan, of Lymbryk, at Kaeles, that Delahyde and Atkins or Watkins, the King's servant, were face to face before the Emperor who desired Delahyde to stay in Naples for a season. There were ready in Biscay 7,000 men and ships arrested for them; and at Syves and Malaga 1,600,000 biscuit and 3,000 tun of wine.
Before Thomas's departure, he delivered to Melyour Faye and to the White Friars of Kildare two standing cups and other plate; and to Lady Sislie all the hangings of Maynouth and the late earl of Kildare's parliament robes. Other plate, including "a mawdeling pott gilded to drinke aqua vite," was left with a'Breen.
List of apparel of the late earl of Kildare's, of Thos. Fitzgerald, and the countess of Kildare, left with the said O'Breen.
Artillery and ordnance of the King. In the castle of Lee was left 16 pieces, fawcons, hagbusshes, and "red peaces" (reed pieces). In the castle of Carlaghe, a fawcon and a "red peace." In Kysshavan one piece. Item, Garold McGarold, two red peaces. Signed: Leonard Gray —James Butler — Edwarde Mideñ—J. Rawson, P. of Kyllmaynam—Willm. Brabason.
Add.: To Mr. Secretary.
22 May.
Vesp. F. xiii. 130. B. M.
938. The Council of Ireland to [Cromwell].
Sundry persons have reported that the bearer did much for the defence of this city during the late rebellion, and practised with the earl of Ossory and lord Butler for the destruction of the traitors. During his mayoralty he well endeavoured himself for the succour of the King's army, which they doubt not that [Cromwell] will have in condign estimation. Dublin, 22 May. Signed: Leonarad (sic) Gray—J. Barnewall, chaunceler —P. Oss'—James Butler—Edwardus Miden'—R. Baron of Delvyn—T. Lorde of Howthe—Thomas of Kylkelyng—Willm. Brabason—Thoms. Luttrell, justice.
22 May.
R. O.
939. Lord Jas. Butler to Cromwell.
In favour of the bearer, who was mayor of Dublin during the rebellion of Thos. Fitzgerald, and made active defence. Dublin, 22 May. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Master Secretary. Endd.
R. O. 940. The Mayor and Citizens of Dublin to Henry VIII.
In consideration of the damage done at the late siege, ask for the possessions of the Hospital of St. John's without the Walls, which is 110 marks a year, or the priory of Allhallows, which is 84 marks; for the perpetuation of the allowance for murage, &c. of 46l. out of the fee-farm of 200 marks; and for six falcons for the six gates, with four lasts of powder.
P. 1.
22 May.
R. O.
941. Edward Archbp. of York to Cromwell.
In answer to Cromwell's enquiries:—In the books which came out of the Exchequer they found, under the style Ecclesie Collegiate Beverlacensis, 17l. 2s. 6d., which sum they could not demand of any other promotion except the provostry; for they found all other things "seased" (cessed) and the provostrie, unless under that style, not in the book. Mr. Winter refuses to pay, saying it is more than one-tenth of the clear value by the book sent in, by his proctor, to the Commissioners. Mr. Winter may be deceived, since many things allowed by the Commissioners abroad have been disallowed by the Commissioners appointed by statute for examination of the books. Cawod, 22 May 1536.
P. 1. Add.: "Secretarie." Endd.
23 [May].
Otho, C. x. 260 b. B. M.
942. [Bp. of Salisbury] to Cromwell.
I have this day accomplished your desire. "I beseech you, Sir, in vis[ceribus] Jesu Christi, that ye will now be no less diligent [in setting] forth the honour of God and his Holy Word, than [when] the late Queen was alive, and often incit[ed you thereto]. Leave not off for God's sake, though she [by her misconduct have] sore slaundered the same. And by the lo . . . . . . . . . . she hath exceedingly deceived me, for . . . . . . . . . . . the great day, Sir, I would have thoug[ht] . . . . . . that vice that she was found fawt[y of had not the like] in Christendom, for ought that . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [The] Lord have mercy on her soul, and [pardon all her] offences. Moreover, I beseech your . . . . . . . . . . . the poor abbot of Norton, an . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . that house, for the poor peop[le] . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . refreshed there. If that be n . . . . . . . . . . . . pleasure. Remember the byssho[p] . . . . . . . . . . . . . by my faith it should in my . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . but I commit him unto your g[ood mastership to do] what ye think best." Remmesbury, 23 [May]. (fn. 1)
Mutilated. Add.: Mr. Secretary.
23 May.
R. O.
943. Sir John Russell to Lord Lisle.
I perceive by your letters sent by the bearer your servant, that you wrote to the King to have something of what came to his hands by these gentlemen's deaths. I spoke to his Grace about it, but he said that all things worthy of you had been given away before your letter came. I am sorry I was not privy to your letter, else I might have helped you. The King thanks you for the pease you sent him. When asked if he had any commands for your servant, the King answered, nothing but to have him heartily commended to your Lordship; and this he spoke with a loving countenance. Westm., 23 May.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Deputy of Calais. Endd. Sealed.
23 May.
R. O. St.P. v. 52.
944. Bp. Barlow to Cromwell.
Has stayed somewhat after my Lord's departure, chiefly at the request of the Queen, who wished him to abide the return of the messenger sent by my Lord and him. She is anxious to receive a comfortable answer from the King in relief of her sorrow. Stays a day or two also by my Lord's advice in case of further orders; but when he knows Cromwell's pleasure will, no more regret to depart than Loth did to pass out of Sodom. Edinburgh, 23 May. Signed. Add. Endd.
23 May.
R. O.
945. Bernardino Sandro to Starkey.
Coming today from Padua found Starkey's letter of 29 April. Is glad to hear he is in good health. Has spoken to Mr. Edmonds (Harvell) about the books Starkey wished bought. He says there is no means of sending to England at present. Has been looking out for new printed books in Greek and Latin, but has found none good besides what he wrote of, except the following. Greek:—Jo. Grammatico sopra la priore, sopra la physica, sopra l'anima. Jo. Grammatico contra Proclo de Mundi æternitate. Le questioni di Alessandro. Arriano de dictis Epicteti. Arriano de gestis Alexandri. Stobeo. Latin:—M. Antonii Flaminii paraphrasis in duodecimum Aristotelis librum de prima philosophia. Eusebius de Demonstratione Evangelica.
Eustrathius (sic) is not quite finished. It is reported that the Emperor is raising many men against France, in Genoa, Italy, Spain, and Burgundy. The Venetians and all the rest of Italy are with him. The free states of Germany help him, and Spain will not fail. It is thought that Ant. da Lieva will have 30,000 good troops. It is thought that they will follow the French into France. All here condole with the ill luck of the king of England, and blame the Queen. Nothing else is talked of here. Commendations to M. Edoardo and M. Clemente, in his name and that of Giovanni Baptista of Pavia. Venice, 23 May 1536.
Hol. Ital., p. 1.
23 May.
Vit. B. xiv. 213. B. M.
946. Antony di Vivaldi to Cromwell.
"Stimando che le mie lettere a V. S. non sieno di fastidio ben . . . . . . . . . . corriere che fu spedito dallo ambasciator del nostro . . . . . . . . lo Imperator V. S. hara inteso lo occorrencie in queste p . . . . . . . . . . essere di continuo del tutto avertita dalli ambasciator[i] . . . . . . . . [Re] Christianissimo non manchero notificarli quello che poi e' occo . . . . . . . . . domani si trovera in Alexandria con tutta la sua co . . . . . . . . . . dicono stara per otto giorni dapoi andera alla volta . . . . . . . . verso qual loco questa notte, havendoli cossi comesso . . . . . . . . el principe Doria in diligentia et per quello se puote . . . . . . . . . per risolver quello se ha da fare della armata mari[tima] . . . . non sendo forma alchona di accordio fra quella et el dett . . . . . . . . per molti segni che si vedeno essa armata se volter . . . . . . . . . quatro giorni fa capitorno xv. galere del princip . . . . . . . . . et xxv. de lo Imperatore de Malicha, hanno condoto . . . . . . . . . bella gente quali de subito se aviorno alla volta di lo m . . . . . . . portato per conto di essa sua Maesta scudi cccclm stampa . . . . . . . . et ducati ccccm et per altre persone particolari . . . . . . . . . di modo che con diverse altre provigione fatte . . . . . . . . . prestatili dal Magnifico M. Ansaldo de Grim . . . . . . . . . . . . . sensa interesse alchuno si trovera . . . . . . . . . . . . . chi mesi. Da giorni otto in qua se mandato alla volta di . . . . . .dia peze cl. de artegliaria de quali lxxx. grossi et lxx . . . . . . . sorte gran somma di polvere et altre monitioni et di continuo se ne . . . . n da magior somma; in oltra per tutto se fanno di molte provigioni . . tali che se Dio non li mette le mano la sera una longa guerra et [cr]udele. Lo Almiraglio si trova al solito a Turino con el suo exercito, [a]l qual loco segondo intendiamo hanno assai ben fornito. El signor Antonio de Leva con lo exercito Cæsareo si trova cinque miglia apresso disposto di andar a trovare essi Francesi che di gia saria seguito, ma sendo state gran piogie da otto giorni in qua sono stati sforzati far un ponte per passare un fiume chiamato la Stura, et questo giorno se non li sera stato obviato lo doveano passare per metersi a fronte al ditto exercito di modo che bisognera faccino qualche facende.
"Di Alamagnia scrivono che di breve verra gran somma di cavagli [e]t fanterie, oltra quelle che conducono Mons. di Asisten, quale a questo [g]iorno se doverebono trovare su le piane di Verona. In questo ponto . . . inendo e capitato un corier di campo, quale porta nove como lo [exer]cito Francese si ritira alla volta del Moncenis che e' mal . . . . . . . . . loro. Questo giorno sono lettere di xvij. di Aprile di Costanti[nopoli] . . . . . . . . . . . . ch[e]l Turcho poi di haver fatta tagliare la testa a Abraino Bassa, ha disposto un' altro Bassa s . . . . . . . . . . . . eleguitone dui altri in cambio loro, et che erano in . . . . . . . . . . . et quanto per quest' anno non era ordine che potessino fa[re] . . . . . . maritima per venir in Cicilia como molti pensa . . . . . . . manchare, et per haver recuperato el Sophi tutte le s . . . . . . excetto Bagadem. Haviano mandato xxx. galere . . . . . . . . . quatro ne doveano uscir fuori et segondo scrivono a . . . . . . . venir a scorcare che armata prepararava lo Imp[eratore] . . . . oltra per portare uno ambasciatore destinato per Fra[ncia] . . . . e' quanto sino a questo giorno se intende, benche V. S. deb . . . . . . . tutto meglio avertita, a quale non diro altro salvo di n . . . . . . . . la prego vogli havere gli affari mei raccomandati et p . . . . . . . . in mia absentia, non mi sia fatto torto da persona s . . . . . . . . in breve veder V. S., la quale prego Dio prosperi et . . . . . . quanto la desidera." Genoa, 23 May, m[dxxxvi].
P.S.—" . . . . . . o alli xxiiij. Poi e capitato un altro corieri quale afferma [la rit]irata di Francesi, et hanno lasciato fornito per loro Turino . . fanti cinque milia di quali e capitanio el Signior Stefano Collona, et . . . . . . . . altri capitani Francesi."
Mutilated. Add.:"Magco Sor M. Thomaso [Cromuel] gran secretario del Sermo [Re] d'Ingliterra, patrone mio observandissimo." Endd.: Anthony Vivalde.
23 May.
Add. MS. 28,588, f. 276. B. M.
947. Dr. Ortiz to the Empress.
Received today her letter of 15 April. Supposes that the Empress has since received his letters with news of the Princess's health. No letters have arrived from Eustace Chapuis, but the queen of Hungary writes that the king of England has imprisoned his mistress in the Tower. Other letters state that in order to have a son who might be attributed to the King, she committed adultery with a singer who taught her to play on instruments. Others say it was with her brother. The King has sent them to the Tower with her father, mother, and other relations. Expresses his joy at her fall, which will ensure the safety of the Princess.
Remembers that the cardinal of Burgos told him he had heard, when ambassador in England, that it was foretold that this Ana would be burnt to death.
It is said that the king has taken from "Maestro Cronvel" the office by which he did so much harm to the monasteries; and that he has chosen two Catholic bishops of good life, by whom he wishes to be governed.
The bull for the convocation of the Council has been concluded by the Consistory, and will be intimated soon. The Pope has given up his journey to Bologna. The card. of Santa Cruz is going to Hungary to negotiate between the king of the Romans and the Vayvode. Rome, 23 May 1536.
Sp., pp. 3. Modern copy.
24 May.
R. O.
948. Roland Lee, Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield, to Cromwell.
Let me know the King's pleasure about coming to the Parliament, as I am in great perplexity. If I come, the King may be displeased. If not, I am in danger of the King's writ to appear. The time is short, and I am in great trouble what to do. Brecknock, 24 May. Signed.
P. 1. Add.. Mr. Secretary. Sealed. Endd.
24 May.
R. O.
949. John Abbot of St. Werburg's, Chester, to Cromwell.
Whereas it is contained in the King's injunctions lately exhibited by his commissioners, Drs. Layton and Legh, that there should be no entry into the monastery except by a certain great gate; I have caused a door in the wall compassing the same monastery to be closed up, which was thrown down by Rob. Challener of Chester, merchant, and certain others, who came into the monastery at their pleasure. Please send by my servant the bearer a commandment to Challener to close up the said wall. Chester, 24 May. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Secretary. Endd.
R. O. 950. Purgatory.
"The words of William Weston, of Lincoln College in Oxford, in his formal sermon preached before the University at St. Peter's Church."
1. That contrary to the commandment against speaking of Purgatory he called it a heresy to deny it. 2. He condemned the conventions of the young men at Oxford who had privy lectures. 3. He misrepresented the doctrine of Sanctification.
ii. "The words of Master Smyth, of Martyn College, in his formal sermon."
He preached Purgatory and condemned the doctrine of Sola fides; also that fasting was an Apostolical ordinance.
P. 1.
24 May.
R O.
951. Jacques de Coucy [Sieur de Vervins] to the Deputy of Calais.
The sieur de Becourt has twice written to you in my absence to procure the delivery from prison of the servant of the Barbarier de Wissant, and one of his cattle, detained by those of Tournehen. They passed through your pale to be brought to Tournehen. I thank you for having already got three of his beasts restored. I beg you to get the servant and the remaining animal also. Boulogne, 24 May. Signed.
Fr., p. 1. Add.
24 May.
R. O.
952. John Husee to Lord Lisle.
Your peascods were thankfully received by the King "for mo considerations than I will write of." Mr. Russell says he moved his Grace for your preferment, and his Grace said it was too late, for all things had been disposed of long since, except some offices in Wales not fit for you, as it was so far from your native country, but he would gladly your Lordship had somewhat. The truth is, as I wrote, that Mr. Russell is a right worshipful, sad, and discreet gentleman, but will never prefer your Lordship. "I pray God take Mr. Norrys to his mercy, for you have made an unlike change." You had better write to Mr. Hennage, and send him some pleasure. As to the priories of Mawdlens and Pylton, send me the extent of their lands and I will move the matter, but I think you might ask for some abbey "of the suppressed number" in Hampshire, Wiltshire, or elsewhere, near your dwelling-place. When your wine and quails come I will distribute them, unless otherwise commanded, to Mr. Russell and Mr. Hennage, but in anywise you should write to the latter, and also to Mr. Secretary, though he does you little good and promises much. The 200l. the late lord Rocheford had out of the revenues of Winchester returns to the Bishop's coffers. Mr. Bryan had 100l. that Mr. Norris had out of the bishopric. As to the spurs, I cannot get to the King's presence, but when you have written to Mr. Hennage he shall have the delivery of them. Whatever be the reason, the King will not license you to come over. The King has already written about the marsh. I have not yet been able to get from Mr. Secretary the letter he promised to write for the friar's despatch. Your counsel do not advise you to procure a proviso by Act of Parliament for lord Daubney to stay the sale of lands that should descend to Mr. Basset, but only to keep a vigilant eye on his proceedings. Ling and haberdeyn are so dear that I cannot tell what to do, the former 8l. per cwt. or over, and the latter 3l. or over. A new coronation is expected at Midsummer. The progress shall not this summer pass Windsor. Your Lordship shall receive, by Hugh Colton, two pair of hosen. London, 24 May.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.
24 May.
R. O.
953. John Husee to Lady Lisle.
I have received three sundry letters from you and a token by Petly. As to lord Daubny, your counsel advise you by no means to procure any proviso against him, but to get some of his familiar friends to inform you of his intentions, and if he purpose to sell any lands which should descend to Mr. Basset he can be stopped. But if you prefer having a proviso by Act I will endeavour to obtain it. I think Mr. Geo. Rolles dissembleth not; if he do, he is a very fine fox. He and Mr. Degory, and two of my lord Dawbney's counsel, were yesterday reasoning in Westminster Hall concerning Calstok and Lamkessey, but they could show nothing of the manner in which Mr. Basset was made sure of the annuity of 26s. 8d., and deferred that to my lord Dawbney's coming; but if Mr. Cobbleyghe keep promise you need not fear the wood sale. As to the warren and free market you wrote of, I hope ere long to espy a time, but I wish my Lord's suit were first at a point. I have shown Bery my mind about your weir,—to make it up as all other be made. I have bespoken two dozen bowls which will be sent by Hugh Colton, and I will procure for you some lanards if they can be got. I am glad you have pleased Campion. As for salt fish, you will not believe how dear it is, both ling and haberden. I have delivered Thorne's letter at his brother's house. As to the confession of the Queen and others, they said little or nothing; but what was said was wondrous discreetly spoken. "The first accuser, the lady Worcester, and Nan Cobham with one maid mo; but the lady Worcester was the first ground." London, 24 May.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
24 May.
Galba, B. x. 67. B. M.
954. John Thorneton to Lord [Erskine?].
Came hither (Antwerp) on the 14th instant. As I could not easily obtain posting to go myself to Rome, I have sent my errands by the post, who has promised to be in Rome and deliver my errands there this night, and I trust to have answer in 15 days, when I will return to Scotland with diligence. I hope your Lordship has obtained me the safe-conduct to pass through England which you promised me, but I have heard nothing thereof.
Your Lordship will do the King our master great and singular pleasure, and have me indebted to you by sending it as soon as possible to Mons. Camillo Tadiattote's (?) bank here in Antwerp, where I am lodging. The merchants of London write that there will be no difficulty in sending it here if it be sped. I dare not return without it through England, as Mr. Cromwell's writing serves only for Calais and Dover, "and tha ar ellis out of handes and deliverit quhen I come over, and sua quhen I return againe, but [a salve] conductte I am war not of before and inclusit in ane horse net, quhilk God [keep] me fra in Ingland, and your L. ma put remeidy and ye pleise." Will gladly pay all the expenses. I hope to be ready to depart in WhitSunday week. There are three or four Scotch ships in Zealand ready to depart, "bot tha ar mor to aventur in, and grant apperans of breking of wey . . . . . . betwix France and the Imperator."
Both Italy and Almain are furnishing the Emperor with men-of-war and necessaries. Sixty thousand men are passed to the Emperor's army, which will number 100,000 men. He has joined it himself. The 13th instant he was beside Placentia, 40 miles from Milan. I have sent to Scotland by sea copies of a writing I got from Rome, and of the Emperor's oration made before the Pope. The count Palatine has come with 13,000 men. Some say he passes to recover Denmark. The duke of Gueldres with 6,000 men is besieging Grinning, in Holland, and 3,000 men of this country have gone to defend it. All that he does is by the solicitation of France. They reck little of his intelligence with the Turk, who seeks to invade Hungary this year. A Scotchman, who lately came from Reusbrige, says that many of the Lutherans are turned again to the right faith because of the poverty and mischief that came amongst them since they erred. At Nuremberg, which was the worst, mass, matins, and all divine service are sung as before. There is an ambassador from England at Frankfort, (fn. 2) who was with the duke of Saxony. I trust he is a bishop returning to England. They will not let him pass without the Emperor's command.
At Frankfort a friar who had married a nun and had fair bairns with her, after coming from the preaching ran her through with a sword, and hanged himself in his own house; and, "on the morn," Barbour, who was a chief Lutheran, cut his own throat with a razor.
In this country they are very good Christian people and devout. Many who were noted Lutherans before consider the sect to be dead, because they see their deeds and intentions to be evil. Commend me to Master Adam Mur (?), Sir Jo. Ker, and all friends. Hantverpe, in Vigilia Ascensionis, 1536.
Hol., pp. 2. Mutilated.
24 May.
R. O.
955. Sir Gregory Casale to Ric. Pate.
As he wrote yesterday, several letters have confirmed the news about the queen of England, though they do not all agree. The Pope has asked him to stay in Rome till more certain news arrives. Wants to know what Pate knows or thinks of it. The Nuncio will forward letters. Rome, 24 May 1536.
Hol., Lat. Add.: Reverendo D. Riccardo Pato, S. Regis oratori apud Cæsaream Majestatem. Endd.
24 May.
Add. MS. 8,715, f. 252. B. M.
956. Bishop of Faenza to Mons. Ambrogio.
According to information from England, received by the King yesterday, on the 15th inst. the Queen was degraded, and the following day was to be executed,—either burnt or beheaded; but first her brother, four gentlemen, and an organist, with whom she had misconducted herself, were to be quartered in her presence. It is not true that her father and mother were imprisoned, but the former, being on the Council, was present at his daughter's sentence. All was done in the presence of the French ambassador only. It is said that the King has been in danger of being poisoned by that lady for a whole year, and that her daughter is supposititious, being the child of a countryman (villano); but these particulars are not known for certain, according to what the King said today. The discovery was owing to words spoken by the organist from jealousy of others. They are expecting now the declaration of the true daughter to reinstate her and annul what was done in favor of the other. Has not omitted to show what may be done on this occasion for the honor of God, &c. The French king answered that he ardently desired to bring back Henry to the Church, and that he would not fail in endeavouring to do so. He knows that the Imperialists have offered the king of England the queen of Hungary as a wife, but it is thought he will not take her, as she is in bad health, and not fit to bear children. He has today sent a person to his Ambassador about these affairs. He thinks it would be easy to bring back the King if it were not for his avarice, which is increased by the profit he draws from Church goods. The English ambassadors here are in very great joy. Knowing that one of them (fn. 3) was a good man, and a friend of his, caused the opportunity and advantage of the King's coming back to the Pope to be shown to him; and that he should be neutral, and give the Emperor and (French) king to understand that he would oppose whoever refused peace; that there was not a better opportunity of wiping out the stains on his character, and making himself the most glorious King in the world; that every one should do his duty, and they would find in the Pope that true piety and goodness which ought now to be known to all the world. The Ambassador, and Winchester also, who is the other, thanked him, saying, with many tears, that this was their only desire, and they would do their part, so that they hoped we should soon embrace each other. * * *
Ital., modern copy, pp. 6. Headed: Al Signor Protonotario Ambrogio, Da Lione, li 24 Maggio 1536.
25 May. 957. Bishopric of Norwich.
See Grants in May, No. 22.
25 May. 958. Lord Sands.
See Grants in May, No. 23.
25 May.
R. O. St. P. v. 53.
959. Queen Margaret to Henry VIII.
Is anxious for an answer to her letter sent by lord William and the bishop of St. David's last post. Has informed them of all things, and the conclusions wherein she did her diligence without effect. Lord William did all he could. Begs an answer to the part of her letter touching herself. Edinburgh, 25 May.
Hol. Add. Endd.
25 May.
R. O.
960. The Same to Cromwell.
Desires him to be her good friend in the matters touching herself, of which she has written by lord William Howard. Edinburgh, 25 May.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Master Cromwell, great sacriter unto the King's high ness our dearest brother. Endd.
25 May.
Nero, B. vi. 168. B.M.
961. Henry Cole to Thomas Starkey.
Thanks him for the pains he has taken about his letters, "wherein ye shall esteem your benefit after the weight of your goodness, which only of itself, without any deserving on my party, have vouchsafed to serve him in his needs, which God knoweth whether he shall ever be able to quit your goodness." Begs him to continue his kindness. Will always do Starkey what service he can. Has not yet spoken with M. Lazaro, nor with M. Antonio de Genua, for he only received Starkey's letter today and heard that the post left tomorrow. Will do as he wishes, when he has an opportunity. Monday last M. Moryson went to England, and will give Starkey the news. The Emperor has passed Milan with a goodly host of men, and every day soldiers come to him from Germany. The French host and his are very near each other, and some feat of arms is expected in a few days. It is said that 5,000 or 6,000 Spaniards were lately slain, endeavouring to take the French artillery. Some say there is a truce for 10 days. The French are gone back beyond Turin, where they had left a garrison. Men look for the oration which the Emperor made in Rome on Easter Day in print. Will perhaps send one. Heard from Bembus that the imperial cities of Germany offered the Emperor 30,000 men to attack France. Many astrologers have given judgment that this year the French king is like to suffer. Ferdinand and king John have agreed that while the latter lives he shall enjoy as much of Hungary as he now holds. Asks Starkey to deliver these letters to his (Cole's) master, as he needs money. Padua, Ascension Day, 1536.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
25 May. 962. Brian Tuke.
See Grants in May, No. 24.
25 May. R. O. 963. John Husee to Lord Lisle.
Yesterday 1 received your letter of my fellow Fysher. Mr. Treasurer (fn. 4) is ridden to Guildford, and will not return to court till Whitsuntide, so that I cannot get his letter that you write for without going to him. I cannot tell what he means, for if he had informed the King before he left, this matter would have been at a stay; but if Snowden come over I will ride to Mr. Treasurer with him. You may say meanwhile you have written to the King, and can make no direct answer without knowledge of his pleasure. Mr. Wyndsor is now in the city, and, if he remain till 31 May, will receive your money of Sir Edw. Seymour; if not, Mr. Smythe must. As to your liveries, Rob. Coddgrave can inform you, who spoke with the party that made the cloths, for whom I tarried in Canterbury almost two days. I left 20l. in Canterbury with Roger Wellis to pay the clothier if the cloths were approved, and the said Robert would deliver them 10 days before Whitsuntide. Your Lordship never wrote for the 20 bows of which my lady writes; but I have searched, and good bows cannot be got under 5 marks the score. The wine and quails are home, and I shall see them delivered as I think best for you. There is enough for both Mr. Russell and Mr. Hennage. I wrote long since about your coming over. Mr. Russell says Peretre's pardon is granted, and you shall shortly have a letter missive for it; but his Grace willeth the law to proceed upon him to the last point of execution before announcing it. Please let me know what has been done about my office of search and check, and which abbey or priory you will make suit for, when I will ride into Hampshire. London, 25 May.
Hol., pp. 2. Add.
25 May.
R. O.
964. John Husee to Lady Lisle.
I received your letter by my fellow Fyssher. Touching your weir Mr. Dygory is determined to do as much as the statute will bear, and as others do to theirs. This is Popley's counsel. As to your warren and free market I will set forth the same when I spy a time convenient. Mr. Degory and Bury have this day gone to Devonshire. Your woman shall be sent by Whitsunday, and shall bring with her the extract of Anthony Huse's cushion, to whose wife I will give your Ladyship's thanks. At Mr. Treasurer's coming I shall deliver him the puncheon of wine, and report by my next if it was thankfully received. If your Ladyship send Mr. Basset 5 marks or 4l. he will keep it as wisely as if he were 20 years older; but as he is to return after Whitsuntide you need not send it till then. My Lord never wrote to me for bows. You will receive by Petley 1,000 pins that Bury delivered me. I have written your Ladyship all that your counsel can yet say about lord Dawbny. London, 25 May.
As to the Queen's accusers my lady Worcester is said to be the principal. "Your ladyship hath two nieces with the Queen, daughters to Mr. Arundell."
Hol., p. 1. Add.: In Calais.
25 May.
R. T. 145, No. 8. Gachard's Analectes Historiques, 1 S. 17.
965. Mary of Hungary to Ferdinand King of the Romans.
I hope the English will not do much against us now, as we are free from his lady, who was a good Frenchwoman. That the vengeance might be executed by the Emperor's subjects, he sent for the executioner of St. Omer, as there were none in England good enough.
Hears he has already espoused another lady, who is a good Imperialist (I know not if she will continue), and to whom he paid great attention before the death of the other. As none but the organist confessed, nor herself either, people think he invented this device to get rid of her. Any how, not much wrong can be done to her, even in being suspected as méchante, for that has long been her character. It is to be hoped, if hope be a right thing to entertain about such acts, that when he is tired of this one he will find some occasion of getting rid of her. I think wives will hardly be well contented if such customs become general. Although I have no desire to put myself in this danger, yet being of the feminine gender I will pray with the others that God may keep us from it.
Fr., from a modern copy, pp. 2. Headed: "Extrait d'une lettre de la Reine d'Hongrie au Roy des Romains en date du 25 (fn. 5) Mai 1536."


  • 1. Supplied from modern marginal note made before the mutilation. "[2]3 May [Sa]risberye."
  • 2. Foxe. See No. 847.
  • 3. Wallop.
  • 4. Fitzwilliam, treasurer of the household.
  • 5. A translation of the same extract is printed by Mr. Froude at the end of "The Pilgrim," p. 117, and dated 23 May.