Letters and Papers: December 1539, 11-15

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Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 14 Part 2, August-December 1539. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1895.

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December 1539

11 Dec.
Close Roll,
p. 4, No. 11.
Rym. xiv.,
Surrender (by Ric. Stopes, abbot, and the convent) of the monastery and all its possessions in cos. York and Linc., and elsewhere in England, Wales, and the Marches thereof. 11 Dec. 31 Hen. VIII.
Acknowledged, same day, before Ric. Layton, one of the clerks of Chancery.
R. O. 2. Pensions assigned upon the dissolution of Meuxe, 11 Dec. 31 Hen. VIII.
Ric. Stopes, abbot, 40l.; Geo. Throstyll, John Raynes, Thos. Johnson, Jas. Austen, Ric. Quynell, John Stevynson, Steph. Clerke, Martin Wren, Robt. Robynson, Ric. Butler, Thos. Tompson, Wm. Tompson, John Lote, Wm. Robynson, and Ralph Surdenall, 6l. each; Wm. Perken, Ric. Robynson, Wm. Hoggeson, Wm. Saunder, John Walles, Vincent Downey, Ric. Sympson, John Hawnsley, and John Barrowe, 5l. each. Signed by Hendle, Legh, Belassys, and Watkyns, commissioners.
11 Dec.
Close Roll,
p. 4, No. 28.
Rym. xiv.,
Surrender (by Robt. bp. of Llandaff, president of the Council in the North, and commendatory of the whole Order of St. Gilbert in England, John, prior of Malton, and the convent) of the monastery and all its possessions in cos. York, Linc., Nthld., Cumb., and Westmld., and elsewhere in England, Wales, and the Marches thereof. 11 Dec. 31 Hen. VIII.
Acknowledged, same day, before John Uvedale, King's commissioner.
R. O. 2. Pensions assigned upon the dissolution of Old Malton Priory, 9 Dec. 31 Hen. VIII.
John Crawshawe, prior, 40l.; Robt. Laverok, sub-prior, 6l.; Wm. Rygwall, Anth. Swynebank, Robt. Elmerson, John Todde, John Jakeson, Hen. Bayneley, Robt. Pates Wm. Bawdekyn, 4l. each; John Scott, lunatic, 40s. Signed by Hendle, Legh, Belassys and Watkyns, commissioners.
P. 1.
11 Dec.
R. O.
Has delivered Cromwell's letters and one from the Chancellor of the Augmentations to the King's commissioners in his favour for the receivership of St. Mary's Abbey, and has found sureties. Is put in possession, but Master Bekewith declares he intends to labour to stop his proceedings. As his officer in these parts, asks Cromwell to help that his bill may be preferred to the King and signed. Has written to Mr. Popley and sent him 20l. for Cromwell according to his promise. As a reason for the King's favouring him, reminds Cromwell how he rode several times from London to give evidence for the King concerning the indictments of the attainted persons in Yorkshire, and found offices of their lands in all the shires of England "affore the excheatourz," for which the King promised to see him recompensed, as he trusts Master Wreesley can declare. Clementhorpe, near York, 11 Dec.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
11 Dec.
Royal MS.
18 B. VI. 71.
B. M.
Has received his letters, stating what he has done in the affairs of card. of St. Stephen (Beton) and of Henry Synclar. Has received unsatisfactory letters from the card. of Trani about Synclar, and is still very anxious that the Card. should comply. George Dury, commendator of Dunfermling, is about to transfer the archdeaconry of St. Andrews to a boy. Desires Ghinucci to prevent it. Falkland, 11 December 1539.
Lat., p. 1. Copy.
12 Dec.
R. O.
"How the tides fall in Calais haven on Friday the 12th day of December and 8 or 9 days next following," viz., Friday the 12th, high tide at 1 o'clock p.m., and 1 after midnight—if the wind be S.W. there can be no passage till 4 p.m., which will be very late, or 4 a.m.; if between N.E. and S. "she may ship in the haven and go her way" by noon or 1 p.m. From that day for 8 days the afternoon tides will not serve, "because of falling with England shore by night." The morning tides will be:—Saturday, 13th, at 1 a.m., in the haven, or 4 in the rcad; Sunday, at 2 a.m., or 5 in the road; Monday, at 3; Tuesday, at 4; Wed., at 5; Thursd., at 6; Frid., at 7; Saturday, at 8; Sunday, the 21st, at 9; or 3 hours later in the road.
Pp. 2. In the hand of Fitzwilliam's clerk. Add.: To the King's Majesty.
R. O. 2. Copy of the preceding, not addressed.
P. 1.
12 Dec.
Harl. MS.
282, f. 143.
B. M.
Nott's Wyatt,
Since his last of the 2nd inst. from Blays, notwithstanding a command to the posts, by the Constable, that no man should be horsed unless from the Emperor, the French king, the queen of Hungary, or him, got before the French king, and, with much ado, reached Chateaulherault. Knowing that the French king, at the Emperor's request, would not pass Loshes, and that the Emperor did not keep the high way, judged it best to wait there. As he tarried there, arrived Grandvela, who left Madrid long before the Emperor, with his wife. Visited him on Saturday, 6 Dec. He asked what news. Replied that he heard that, thanked be God, the Low Countries were somewhat calmed. He answered that things there were "in good way, and that they must know themselves subjects, yea, and other too." He had not much leisure that evening, as he was despatching Cornelius Skipperius into Flanders. Wednesday, 10 Dec., came the Emperor into Chateaulherault from hunting, the Dolphin on his right hand and duke of Orleans on his left. That night the Constable sent to ask if Wyatt lacked anything. At nine next morning had access to the Emperor (the Constable being present) and delivered Henry's letters. He rehearsed the effect of them, touching the revocation of Mr. Tate, and said Wyatt was welcome. Showed him that Henry had already determined to employ Mr. Tate otherwise, when his ambassador, jointly with the French, announced his passage through France; Wyatt's despatch was therefore hastened in order that he might carry Henry's congratulations; and here Wyatt "enlarged the discommodities of dissension and war, with the lauds of peace, and your great alowance and rejoicing of this goodly amity." He answered that he trusted it would be to the benefit of Christendom: as soon as he determined the voyage he caused Henry to be informed: he would make good cheer with the French king and the treaties should follow.
With that came in the Dolphin and duke of Orleans, and he bade them good morrow, and seemed as though he would have dismissed Wyatt, who, however, began again, and said he was commissioned to certify that Henry thanked him for the assurance, by his ambassador, that he would keep all his treaties, and had in this alliance now made done nothing in derogation of them. He said he trusted Henry would rather counsel Mons. de Juliac by example of his own subjects than aid him against his sovereign, adding, "What hath Mons. de Juliac to do with Gueldres ? I assure you, Mons. Lembassadeur, I shall show him that he hath played but the young man." Wyatt said he had no further commission in that, but was sure Mons. de Cleves would be reasonable. "Yea! Mons. Lembassadeur, quoth he, he shall so." Replied that no doubt Henry would show himself both a good and loving brother to Mons. de Cleves and a friend to the Emperor; but he had no commission to speak therein. The Emperor said, no doubt Henry would advise him to obey his sovereign; "for," he added "I assure you, Mons. de Juliac shall do me reason (and he shall do but well and wisely so [to] do), I say he shall, he shall (laying his hand on his breast), and he hath, of me, a sovereign, a neighbour, and a cousin; and otherwise he shall lose all three."
With that he went to mass and then to horse, and went that night within four leagues of Loshes, while Wyatt, with much ado, "upon plough horse," in the deep and foul way, got to Loshes.
Marked his earnest fashion in speaking of Gelders. Conferring it with what Grandvela said, it confirms Wyatt's constant opinion that Gelders is more to him than Milan or all Italy. His coming out of Spain has been upon the news of Henry's alliance with Cleves, and, if that he so, the difficulty of the journey declares his desire. Furthermore his speaking out (his nature being to work closely) seems to imply some further assurance with France than either of them declares; because both agree in a tale of deferring treaties until after the voyage. Can only, however, write conjectures, as few or none of his familiars have come with the Emperor, whose train is the duke of Alva, Don Henrico de Toledo, the Marquis de Ancise (?), Don Pietro de la Cueva, the master of his horse, Mons. Degemound, Peloux that was with Borbon, La Shaw, Mons. de Rye, two varlets of the chamber, two secretaries, one physician, and the master of the posts; and few of these have as many as two servants. Thinks that if the King would trust him with other intelligence he may have, he might note things which otherwise he might neglect.
Wrote thus far at Loshes, "in evil favoured lodging and worse bedding," when he was dislodged and had word from the Constable that no ambassador should tarry; so that he had to come on to Amboys. Found there my lord of London, who had the day before been commanded to depart. Writes this that the King may consider how much their diligence can avail. All ambassadors are so treated, and the Nuncio also, who thought to have been privileged because of Cardinal Farnese's coming, who is at hand, coming in legacy to both princes; rather, it is thought, for the Bishop's [i.e. the Pope's] "demonstration" than for any stroke he shall have in these matters, which the princes do by themselves. Cannot now be at the meeting on Friday, 11 Dec., (fn. 1) but it will only be ceremonies. Will try to tarry here, although it is said that the Emperor will not be two days in one place before he comes to Fontainebleau. The duke of Lorraine and his son are come to Court. Supposes he pursues his demand of Gelders. Amboys, 12 Dec., late.
Draft in Wyatt's hand, pp. 14. Begins: "Please it your Majesty." Endd.: From Amboys, 12 Dec.: To my lord Privy Seal with a discourse. To Mr. Wriothesley. To Mr. Browne. To Mr. Poynings.
Calig. D. XI.
B. M.
676. _ to _
"Monsigneur, je a reçu vostre lettre [laquelle il vous a pleu me] escryre date le xiiije jour de juin dern [yeremement passe. Et soyez] averty que je ne a poynt heu vostre dite lettre [avant le] vii jour de decembre a Loches a ou je trove Mo[nsieur le] ambassadour veque de London lequel me donn[e] ... parquoy jetoy bien marry que je ne a heu puto (sic, for plustot), ca[r]j'aurais de bien bon cuer fet le contenu. Je a escript ... letters a Monsieur le Ambassadour mas je ne a heu j[amais] respons, et parellemant luy de ça grace ma esc[ript], mas je ne a jammays reçu novelles. Monsigneur je [vais] an Dolphyne a Monsieur de Maugeron, letenant de [Monsieur] de St. Pol, et litenant pour le Roy de Dolphyne, le[quel] ma retire et retenue a ça compaignie et ma don[ne le] estat de ça maison de master dostel, car [le] Roy luy a done cynquante homesdarme[s] ... en cheff, non obstant je voldre volentiers [avoir accom]ply vostre volante, et je pance vous feres ung ... et synguler servis pour le moyans que je vous ... pourveu que soyt en bon heure, moy ayant ... de mon estat comme en tant et me fie en [Dieu] et vostre signeorie, ce presant veu yl ... * * [a line lost] * * ... quel me tyendra ... prest (?) cant est cant et pour tel ny ... [d]ylygens et vous dire mon oppynyon. [Pour nouvel]les de le court de France, le Roy a ryve ... jour decembre; le mardy apres, le ix jour, lem[pereurenvoya] au Roy vingt et troys chevalx de Spain et ... de Spaine tous capronasse de vellant noyr ... ment, lemprour fit son entre ... le iiije jour de decembre a ou yl fuz reçu en g[rande] trehumphe come cy le Roy estoyt en personne, le ... de Bourdeaux luy fit present de quatre cent tonneaux de vin et de navires pour le counduire jusques en Flandres. Lemprour fit son entre a Loche le vendredy xije jour de ce moys a ou le Roy luy attendoyt, et fuz reçu en grand honour et tryhumphe. Le Roy de Hungerie cere (sera ?) a Briss[elles] en Flandres le xje jour de janvyr proschen. Lemp[ereur] a dit au Roy que yl ne soujourney que dix jours en Fr[ance], a savoyr deux jours a Chambourgh pres de Blois, deux jours a Fountainblou, quatre jours a Paris [et] otre deux jours or (fn. 2) yl bon assamblera. Otre novell[es]" * * *
Fr., mutilated.
13 Dec.
R. O.
St. P. VII.
Yesterday, at the Lantern Gate, showed my lady (fn. 3) the ship prepared for her passage and the other ships trimmed with streamers, banners and flags, and men on the tops, shrouds and yard arms. Ordnance was shot off, and she and all the strangers commended the sight. After a banquet, she saw the jousts. The weather did not permit the passage this morning. States his arrangements, viz. that Sir Thos. Spert, Sir Chr. Morrys, Wm. Gonson, Bartlet, John Taborough, Cowchie, Maye, Justice and Steward, of Dover, are to lie outside the walls and give immediate notice of fair weather.
Thirteen trumpets and a man who "plays upon two things as drums of a strange fashion," sent by the Duke of Saxe, are desirous of coming into England, to which he has consented.
Yesterday Hoghesten and Olisligier brought him letters and a present from the Duke which he refused. Next day they brought a horse, with black harness and a steel saddle which he accepted. Their charge was to ask him to advise my lady as to her behaviour, to which he replied by expressing his satisfaction at the marriage and his intention to promote love and affection between the parties. Sends the Duke's letters. Has entertained the young court of Nuenare who is thankful for his reward and plates. He sent his governor Rossenberch, this morning, to offer his services and two horses and a young gentleman.
Does not write about the seditious sermon at Dunkirk when my lady was there as it is not dangerous. This afternoon my lady asked him, by Olisligier, who was her "troucheman," to play cards with her at some game the King used. Taught her to "play Sent" which she did with a good grace and countenance. She asked Southampton to come to supper and bring with him some noble folks to sit with her after the manner of her country. Told her it was not the usage of our country so to do, but complied on her repeating her request. Lord William, Lord Hastings, Lord Grey, Lord Tailbois, Messrs. Bryan, Seymour, Knevet, and Gregory Cromwell were at the board's end and Morrison would have sat there, but there lacked room. Her manner was like a princess. Calais, 13 Dec., 10 p.m. Signed.
Pp. 8. Add. Endd.
13 Dec.
R. O.
In accordance with your letter I send you a mule harnessed for your service when the Queen of England comes to Calais. I shall be glad to gratify you in anything else. Boulogne, 13 Dec. Signed.
Fr., p. 1. Add.
13 Dec.
Calig. E. IV.
* * * ... silver and gilt of the size (?) ... holding (?) two doves in his han[d] ... re these shalbe certain ladies of Parrys w ... shall go forth of the town in bands. [F]irstly ... named serjeants a cheval with their bond of ... secondary, the gunners with the brotherhood of the ... long bows; and they have prepared coats ... of silver, as the Guard hath in England, with ... red and yellow. Also the lords of the city, some shalbe in gowns of ... the masters of their occupation and some other ... colours. And over that, every house in Parrys shal ... with all the parishioners of the city following ... city towards St. Anthony's to receive him ... my said lord of everything that is appointed in all th ... Also it shall please you there is a privy friend of mine ... secretary of Deipe that sometime was Sir Br ... that hath showed me that there is a bishop ... bishop of Sayntes which is an Italian (fn. 4) and inh ... but I am not (sic) incertain whether he be there ... traffick with Cardinal Poulle and send his lett[ers] ... Cardinal Albrycke (fn. 5) in Skottlonde. And as this ... is one man that cometh from the said bishop ... that intendeth to go within this four or five days t[o] ... to take passage toward the said Cardinal Albr[icke, but whether] he intend to go along the sea or else to pass ... [I] am not yet sure. For the surance thereof ye shall ... ye shall think best. Also there is a man now dwelling in Parrys named Mais[ter] ... Ostourloge that hath dwelt of long time in [England and] hath been very familiar with Master Wallappe in [France, in] so much [that (fn. 6) he hath showed me that he hath ... and high things to write unto him, so that it m[ight be done] secretly, for it toucheth much the King's highness. "Ones (qu. One is ?) I am sure of long time that he is against t[he bishop of] Rome all that ever he can make. Whereupon I made him [answer] when it should be his pleasure to make the said letter I [would] convey it to Mr. Wallape, intending to send it u[nto my] said lord Privy Seal, as I have written to my lord of ... * * * (two or three lines lost) ... doubting if he should wr[ite] ... should come to light, then his life ... axed me what manner of man my lord of [London was and if I were sure th]at he were not given to the said bishop [of Rome]. I showed him that I knew his faithful heart and ... as I knew mine own, and what fervent stomach he [bare unto the] King our master's affairs, and that he had declared the [same to] the bishop of Rome's own person when that he [was] at Marseilles. ... with these words unto me that he did a lemytte (sic) on hym ... he might not talk one hour with the King's Majesty to show [thin]gs that should stand with his owneur (honor) and to the glory of God, [but] he will declare it unto my lord of London at his [comin]g to Parrys. And moreover, said unto me that it grieved [him] to see his countrymen here in France go about to abuse ... with the King's grace, and that in any wise he should not [trust them] for they would utterly deceive him.
"[Also there was on]e man in France, he meaning the Constable, which if he [could make hi]s market with the Emperor after his mind soon after ye ... more gettez (sic) things; for he saith that the bishop of Rome [and he are friends] and understand and write secretly the thone (sic) to the tother [all such] matters as maketh for their own purpose, as my lord [of London] writeth to the King's grace, and that he was so popistical [that all] the world doth speak of him.
"[He bade me] mark well what manner of persons they were that are [chief of the] council about the French king that governeth and [asked me if] they were not all the bishop of Rome's disciples or [not, and] whether I could name him one sure friend that the king [of Eng]land had about the French king, but only himself [who] was but a man peced up for a time and not like to ... [lo]ng.
"[He sa]id more to me that the clergy of England was not in clean life [and t]hat those that be scabbed will put out their horns shortly [upon] the Emperor coming into Flanders; for he knoweth perfectly [th]at the Emperor hath a cankered heart, and full of malice tow[ard t]he King's grace, and that he is very sure that these men here will not quench it, but rather will move him to more ire. But for all their craft and abusions it will not help them, for ... through the glory of God will always preserve the King's grace w ... overcome all their ma[licious] enterprises.
(fn. 7) * * (one or two lines lost) "... dear in Spain and sp ... which is called the Rouge ... ckettes and that they die for hunger and ... greatest death ar(sic) summer past that ever ... and then I beseech God that the Turk ... rack all Italy; for I had liefer be u[nder] ... law than to be under yonder bomynable ... nothing else but to abuse all the world ... hypocrisy to maintain his kingdom and his ... forgetteth the glory of God.
"Sir, also here is one Nicholas Hardy which is the commi[ssioner to receive] the King's tribute money at Calais, showed m[e] ... had no good meaning toward the King's Ma[jesty] ... there should come a certain army of Spay[n] ... in Bryttayne at the time of the year whether ... not tell.
"Also the said Nicholas showed me a letter that c[ertified] that the Emperor had sent the marquis of G[uasto to] the Signory of Venice to render these town[s to him]; first Veron, Bresse, Berghame, Cr[emona], and so having these towns delivered to [him] by the mean of the French King, the Emper[or would] deliver and release all his title to the French [King in] all Save (Savoy) and Pymont and so a universal pe[ace should be] between them for ever. Also the post master [saith, at the time] of the making hereof that the French King and [the Emperor] is met together at Lousshe, and that he [had been here] ar (ere) now, but that the gouts took him as [appeareth more] plainly by a letter hereinclosed.
"Also I beseech your mastership to help me with a letter [of the King's] Majesty to the French king, or else to the Cha[ncellor, for] my despatch against one John Basonner and Hust[as le Doyon,] † merchants of Parys, which of long time hath been in [suit with me be]fore the Great Council. It may stand with your p[leasure also] to speak with Master Sollyman that it might be friendly, for every man cometh with the King's letters, and I have had [no] leisure to purchase none, as knoweth God, who ever preserve my r[ight] honourable good lord and your mastership in long life and prosper[ous] health." Paris, 13 Dec.
Hol., pp. 3. Injured by fire. Add. Endd.: Thom[as] Barnaby to my lord [P.]S., out of France.
14 Dec.
R. O.
Wrote largely three days past. Sends him the counterpane of the nomine pene betwixt him, my lady and my lord Privy Seal. It is to be signed, sealed, and returned. Lisle must write to Mr. Walsshe and Mr. Smythe, barons of the Exchequer, touching the 100l. of Sir Weston Browne. Let me know whether you stand bound to Sir John Dudley and Robinson for Drayton Basset or other lands n Staffordshire. London, 14 Dec.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
14 Dec.
R. O.
Names and pensions of the late prioress and nuns of Wallyngwells, Notts, which surrendered 14 Dec. 31 Hen. VIII., viz.:—
Marg. Goldsmyth, prioress, 6l.; Anne Roden, sub-prioress, and Eliz. Kyrkeby, 53s. 4d. each; Eliz. Lendford Agnes Vynes, E[...]eyn Pye, Alice Coventre, Joan Jacson, and Agnes Petyngher, 40s. each. Signed: Phylyp Parys: Jo. Tregonwell: Jo. Hughes.
P. 1.
The King has granted Mr. Staffarton the farm of the abbey of Whitebee, Yorks. Cromwell is to write to the Commissioners there, after survey taken, to put Mr. Staffarton in possession. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
14 Dec.
Close Roll,
p. 4, No. 21.
Rymer, XIV.
Surrender (by Hen. Davell, abbot, &c.) of the monastery and all its possessions in cos. York, city of York, Linc., and Cumb., and elsewhere in England, Wales, and the marches thereof. 14 Dec. 31 Hen. VIII.
Acknowledged, same day, before Thos. Leigh, one of the clerks of Chancery.
R. O. 2. Pensions assigned on the dissolution of Whitby monastery, 14 Dec. 31 Hen. VIII.:—
Hen. Davell, abbot, 100 mks.; Robt. Woddus, prior, 8l.; Thos. Brabyner, Wm. Clerkeson, and Wm. Knagges, 6l. 13s. 4d. each; Peter Tompson, 6l.; Wm. Nicollson, Thos. Thorpe, Thos. Hewett, Thos. Stavyler, Robert Warde, Hen. Barker, Robt. Peirson, and Wm. Styll, 5l. 6s. 8d. each; John Watson, Matth. Patche, Wm. Newton, Wm. Froste, Robt. Baxster, Wm. Kyldaile, Wm. Colson, and Robt. Lydley, 5l. each. All priests. Signed by Hendle, Legh, Belassys, and Watkyns, commissioners.
P. 1.
14 Dec.
R. O.
684. SIR WILLIAM EURE and Others to the LORD PRESIDENT of the COUNCIL of the NORTH.
On Tuesday last Dr. Hylyerde, late chaplain to my lord of Durham, conveying himself craftily into Scotland, had his horses and servant (fn. 8) stayed by two young men, servants to the bailiff of Cornell. The servant was brought to Mr. Laiton, captain of Norham, who immediately brought him and the two young men to be examined before us. We send his depositions (fn. 9) signed by us. Sent two spies to the prioress of Coldstream, by whom they hear that the Doctor on his arrival asked where he might find the cardinal of Scotland. When he heard of the arrest of his servant and horses, he said he had lost much more, "declaring his great living, his high friends, and most of all his natural and native country;" and he hired two other horses and departed—towards the Cardinal, as he said. Berwick, 14 Dec. Signed: Wyll'm Eure: George Lawson: Bryan Layton.
P. 1. Add.
R. O. 2. Saying of William Selby and John Moor, servants to Gilbert Selby, bailiff of Cornell, "sworn and examined the said day."
That on Tuesday, 9 Dec., being in their master's corn yard in Cornell, they spied two men riding through the field on the north of the town, and took two of their master's horses and followed them "on the water edge for against Caldestreme." Then, feigning they had come to water their horses, they spoke to a priest, one of the two; who said he was a sober chaplain of my lord of Durham and was going to my lady Caldestreme, and therewith commanded the man with him to take down his mail, for there was gear in it which my lady must have. He then put the mail into the boat and got in himself, and commanded his man to take the horses to Cornell to the bailiff's till his return, saying he would that night to Norham to Mr. Laiton. Deponents offered to be his guides to the bailiff's, where he and his horses were well entertained. After dinner the man had the horses down to the water side, and deponents accompanied him and saw one Mr. Robert, brother to the prioress of Coldstream, come to the gates on Scotland side of the water and call to the said man to come over with the horses, for his master would ride to Lawther in Scotland that night. The man would have gone over with the horses, but deponents would not permit him because the priest himself did not return; nor would they suffer him to go over with a "cape case" containing two bonnets and other small articles. Then the said priest came to the gates and desired deponents to suffer his horses to come over; which they refused unless he would come over and ride to Norham, as he had said he would. The man desired to speak with the priest, who turned his back and returned into the abbey. Then deponents made the priest's servant leap on one of the nags and brought him to their master. Signed by Sir Wm. Eure, Sir George Lawson, and Brian Layton, as examiners.
Pp. 2.
14 Dec.
R. O.
Does not write fully to him, supposing that he sees the King's letters, and he and his two clerks are fully occupied in writing to his Majesty. Sent Nicholas, the post, in a fisher boat on Saturday, but, the wind being contrary, it is doubtful whether he has crossed. Sends therefore a list of persons who come over, and of 13 trumpets and a drum, who come also.
Trusts the wind will be better, for it follows the sun, veering from E. to S., S. to W., and W.N.W., and is now in the N. Hopes soon it will blow easterly. No time shall be lost. None of these persons will bring more than three servants and three horses. Calais, 14 Dec., 4 p.m. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
14 Dec.
Calig. E. IV.
Reports by Edmund Stile and William Honnyng.
* * * ... at afternoon acco[mpanied ... ij ?] gentlemen and three of her ow ... her the said Madame Granvel ...
"Item, commoning with th'esquire to the ... the same told me that the French [king and the Emperor] would at this meeting make good ch[eer] ... nothing else do.
"Item, the xijth of the same it was [told me by] mine host, one of the keepers of the P[ort ... that his] keys and all th'other of the ports of ... Bewlewe were taken from them to [deliver to] th'Emperor, before his entering into the to[wn by the] lieutenants of the towns.
Item, at the first port was a blak e[gle] ... of the garlands and on two posts o[n the one a] salamander and on th'other a ph[œnix which] should have burned at th'entry, but [the salamander] did and the phoenix would not farm[e so. And in] garlands was th'Emperor's arms and th[e French King's] joining in one." Similar description of other two "ports."
* * * (An item lost).
"[Item] in the morning betwixt nine and [ten came the Con]stable with the Cardinal Chastillon, [Mons. de Bris]sac and other, about xvj in all; and the [Constable we]nt straight to the King's chamber, and there ta[rried til]l past xij, and then accompanied with the Cardinal [of] Lorraine, Mons. de Guise and other, went to meet [t]h'Emperor two leagues off, which was a marvellous ill way." A quarter of a league outside the town were 100 men with torches, and between them and the town the friars and priests with crosses, the streets were hung with sheets, &c., the bells were ringing, and at the first "port" the Swiss received the Emperor with a canopy of cloth of gold, which they bore over him to the castle, one of the Swiss playing on his small flute, "his hosen and doublet cloth of gold on the one side to the knees and the King's colours in velvet on the other side." Twelve other Swiss were similarly attired. At the first gate of the castle the Cardinal of Lorraine, Mons. d'Orleans and Mons. de Guise went before the Emperor, and the Dauphin, Constable, and other lords followed him. At that gate "the King with * * * (one or two lines lost) ... and all the ladies ... and th'Emperor embraced his sister [the Queen, first] and, after, the ladies in order an[d] ... Queen, and the King followed in ... satin rich with pearl and stone.
"Item, within half an hour or more came ... and went unto th'Emperor's chamber ... out Mons. le Dolphyne and Mons. ...
"Item, it was shewed me by an honest [man that] there were divers posts sent out to our [master and the] King of Scots, and that they should ... or he come in Flanders.
"Item, in the same morning after my lo[rd of London's] departing from Loches, the Nuncio s[pake with the] King a long season, the Cardinal ... notwithstanding the Nuncio departed ... following.
"Item, the King departed the xiijth d[ay between nine] and ten to a village two leagues [off] ... having with him the King of Navarre, [Mons. de] Guise and Mons. de Brisac; and [within a] quarter of an hour th'Emperor accomp[anied with the] cardinal of Loryn talking with him s ... Dolphyn and duke of Alva with the d ... and Navers, and after the Constab[le with many] other, and by the way they did han ... ij leagues off at Pavillon; and within a qu[arter of an] hour after the duke of Loreyn with his [company] departed from Loches.
"Item, the King lodged the same night at [a castle] by a village called Senomseau, (fn. 10) which c[astle] standeth very properly, a great river run ...
* * * [fa]yre [ve]we ... and because I durs[t] ... t within.
"[Item] to pass to the said castle as w ... es, was made a bridge of xix great [boats bou]nde one to another lying [across the ri]ver, and boards overthwart the boats wh[ich m]ade a fair bridge.
"[I]tem, the said day th'Emperor and the French King [s]hot both at an hart with their hand guns and so slew the hart." Signature (copied) "Edmond Stile."
ii. "In Amboys the xiiijth. day of December 1539, touching the preparation for the receiving of the Emperor therein, the streets hanged about with such poor gear as the people had."
In a street by the market place and on the way to the castle were two "portes" or gates of box and ivy garnished with counterfeit pomegranates and oranges, &c. (described). "Item, before the first gate of the said green ivy and box were two posts painted, and upon each post a little naked boy, of antique, holding his gear in (fn. 11) * * * (two, perhaps three, lines lost) [cas]tell talking with the C ... before his entry of the gate ... to look back on the castle with ... entry within the port of the cas[tle] ... stair going up, of brick the ... on horse-back; which stair ... tower, in the which tower wa ... iron hanged in the midst tha ... the foot to the head, the which [was so] dressed with flax pitch and rosen th [at they] reckoned that the fire should have [begun at] th'upper end, so that the said [Emperor] might have seen his way up the [stair by] reason of many windows openi[ng in the] same tower. But it so chanced [that before the] fire came to th'upper end it fa ... a foul smoke which was small ... no commodity. Edmond [Stile.]
iii. "It may like your lordship (fn. 12) to underst[and that] yesterday between three and four [o'clock] th'Emperor arrived in the castle of L[oches with a] great company of French gentle[men riding] before him very bravely apparelled, [among] whom the Cardinal of Loryn rode [before] him talking with the duke of Alva. [And] before them the Constable alone as g ... * * * (a line lost) ... the Swesy[s] ... him, having their my ... on a taberyn and a flute h ... [lit]tle hacqueney and over his head ... [from] the town's end a canopy of cloth [of go]ld and a splayed eagle in the midst of the same; [f]our advocates of the town carried the said canopy." The Dolphin and duke of Orleans followed next, and after them a company of gentlemen, and then the archers of the Guard. "Your lordship" has seen the castle. Between the church and the inner gate of the castle he alighted, and went on foot to the gate, where the King awaited him in a gown of purple satin with a cape set with stones and pearls. The Emperor doffed his hat and the King his cap, and they embraced three or four times and went forward to the stair of the lodging, where he met and embraced the Queen; and then, going up into the great hall, he embraced the Dolphiness, Madame Margaret, and Madame d'Estampes, making countenance to the rest of the ladies and cardinals. The King brought him to his chamber. * * * (a line lost) "... being the like ... coat under the same."
"It is said that th'Emperor hath [but very few] of his own servants here and ... the King's officers." The next paragraph (mutilated) describes the proceedings of the King and Emperor "this morning," the Emperor wearing "like as [before] a cloak of black cloth." "The xjth of this at night, I hear [that the Nuncio] resident despatched Stephano Dor ... [to] meet the Cardinal Fernese and Do ... should go straight to Bloys, there to s[ee the] King; and if the King should chan[ce to have] departed thence before his arrival [that then] he should come to Orleans where the [King(as] it is said) intendeth to keep the fe[ast of] Christmas; other reporteth the contr[ary] ... * * * (Perhaps a line lost) ... shewed y[our lordship] ... hither he had lodging ... me of his friends. Of Mr. Ta[te's coming I thi]nk Mr. Wiat can and hath ad[vertised your lord-]ship where he should be." The Card. Gade, prince of Melfi, marquis of Saluce, and duke of Vertenberg were here, notwithstanding the order for strangers to depart, and the cause of your, and the other ambassadors', departure could not be to give place to the Emperor's train, for he brought little; and though the "furrours" marked "Emperor" on your lodging they were French gentlemen that lodged there, "of whom your poor host hath cause to cry out." The French king will give an abbey near Burgundy to Granvelle's son to get the father's favour. The French king has asked the Emperor to tarry a week at Fountegnelleau (sic); but in his haste to get to Flanders it is doubtful whether he will tarry even at Paris. Nothing new will be treated, for it is thought "the same was treated at Compaigne by the ambassade resident, Mons. de Pratis and the bishop of Londes for th'Emperor with the Council ...
* * * (two lines lost. [sus]picions that might ha ... in the now treating there up[on] ... Mr. Still will as well declare ... he learned of Torre, as also the ... trimming of the town of Loch[es].
"John Bernardyn this morning deli[vered to me a packet] for your Lordship, which I send yo[u] ... with certain other
Italians been g ... towers and will not return ... I think before the same be at Bloy[s] ... your Lordship shall further understa[nd that at] the departure of th'Emperor from Loche[s] ... [I] tarried long for my horse, which ... suffered to have neither his own ... his stable) sent to a village to a ... the same once come, Mr. Still a ... to pass by Chenonseau, and by ... waxing towards night we over[took the Queen] with her ladies accompanied with iij ... and certain pages and lackeys ... the day lost his light, for lack a ... said lackeys were fain to take ... straw to light the Queen tow[ards] ... at the entry of the castle, whe[re over the] river a bridge was made of a gre[at number of] boats and planches upon the same a[s men] should pass a river in the warre ty[me. In] going further at the entry of the ca[stle there] was an arbour made and under a ... of new boards was made a long ra ...
* * * (a line, or two, lost) ... me at Amboyse ... make his entry there a[lso ?] ... to your Lordship at Bloys. Thus [I beseech Al]mighty God to send your Lordship long [life with] heart's ease. Written in a cave being in [an or]chard, which for lack of wine was filled [with] horses," 13 Dec. at 9 p.m. "William Honnyng"
iv. "This day," about 11 o'clock, the Emperor came out of his lodging, wearing cape, coat, and cap of black cloth, accompanied by the duke of Orleans, king of Navarre, cardinal of Lorraine, the Constable and many gentlemen; and, talking with the Constable, went up to the Queen's chamber where he dined. The French king caused five of the town who devised the light in the tower to be put in prison, and would have hanged them but that the Emperor "demanded their grace." The cardinal of Lorraine "said yesternight ... * * (a line lost) ... at Orleans or Fon[tainebleau. Thus I] beseech Almighty God th[at He may have you] in His blessed tuition. At A[mboise] ... of December. Wi[lliam Honnyng]."
v. "The memorial [of William] Honnyng. "Sunday the xiiij day of Decem[ber the Emperor] and French king having dined ... now the King's house and in ti[me] ... by a treasurer, hunted after din[ner] ... and about v of the clock at the nig[ht the said] French king arrived here at Amb[oyse with] only Mons. de Guise, Mons. de ... [and] Mons. de Boysie.
"At the entering in the castle he [descended from] his litter and mounted upon a m[ule, rode] upon the same to his chamber door. [And at] his so riding the Frenchmen rejo[iced much,] considering that it was said tha[t he should] never ride more after his sickness last (?) ... Campaigne.
"Within half a quarter of an hour aft[er the King's] arrival th'Emperor also arrived and w[are his] cloak and hat as before, riding also u[pon a] curtall, having with him the du[ke of] Alva, cardinal of Loreyne, and ce[rtain] other gentlemen.
* * * (a line or two lost) ... it tow, tarre an[d] ... set on fire, to th'intent th[at] ... e light throughout the said w ... [ca]me so to pass that suddenly it quench[ed] ... se taking it pro malo omine) and made [such a] great smoke and so evil air that th'Emperor was constrained to hold his hand afore his mouth." The Frenchmen fear yet that the Emperor may note them for "bestes" who intending to do him honour were like to have smothered him with "this their goodly light." This day Mons. de Vandosme, Mons. de Nevers, and other gentlemen depart from Amboyse for Paris to assay their harness against the jousting to be at the Emperor's arrival there.
Hol., pp. 12. Injured by fire. Endd.: Certain notes and memorials of the Emperor's passage through France.
[15 Dec.]
R. O.
Pensions assigned to the abbot and monks of Malmesbury on the surrender of the monastery, the first half-yearly payment to begin at Lady day, 1540, viz.:—
Robt. Frampton alias Sellwin, abbot, 200 mks.; John Coddrington, B.D., prior, 10l.; Thos. Tewkesburye, sen., 6l. 13s. 4d.; Ralph Sherwood, sen., 6l.; Ph. Bristowe, sen., 6l. 13s. 4d.; Ric. Asheton, sen., and fermorer, 6l.; John Gloucetour, senior and tierce prior, 6l. 13s. 4d.; Walt. Jaye, sen., steward of lands and chamberer, 13l. 6s. 8d.; Ric. Pilton, steward to the abbot, 6l. 13s. 4d.; Ant. Malmesbury, sen., and sub-sexton, 6l.; Wm. Alderley, 6l.; John Caulme, warden of the chapel, 8l.; Walt. Sutton, B.D., subprior, 10l.; Thos. Dorseley, Thos. Gloucestre, John Horseley, chaunter, Thos. Stanley, pitauncier, Wm. Brystowe, Thos. Froster, priest and student, Robt. Elmore, priest, Wm. Wynchecombe, and Wm. Bysley, 6l. each. Signed: Rob't Sowthwell: Edward Carne: John London.
The abbot to have also a tenement in the High Street of Bristol and a garden against the Red Cross, in the suburbs of that town, late in tenure of Thos. Harte. Signed by the above commissioners and Willm. Berners.
P. 1.
15 Dec.
R. O.
688. W. [BARLOW], Bp. of St. David's, to CROMWELL.
Thanks him for preferring Dr. Barens to the prebend of Lanbedye. Asks him to obtain respite for his debts to the King. Has delivered a memorandum of them to Dr. Barens, the bearer. Lanfaye, 15 Dec.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: Lord Privy Seal. Endd.
15 Dec.
R. O.
The King his master is informed that Wharton has taken a Scotch rebel, named Andro Bell, and has him ready to be delivered according to the promise lately sent in writing by the king of England. Desires him to appoint a day and place for his delivery in terms of the truce. Edinburgh, 15 Dec. Signed.
P. 1. Add. below the text: Schir Thomas Fortune, knyt, and wardane of ye West Merches of Ingland.


  • 1. Meaning Friday, 12 Dec.
  • 2. Sic, qu. ou?
  • 3. Anne of Cleves.
  • 4. Julian Soderini.
  • 5. Cardinal of Arbroath, i.e. Beton.
  • 6. This word is lined out instead of the word "he" which was inadvertently written before it as well as after.
  • 7. See Vol. XIII., Pt. II., No. 189.
  • 8. George Bishop.
  • 9. For a copy of these depositions see No. 724. The original signed by Sir W. Eure and the others appears to be lost.
  • 10. Chenonceau, which has a castle on the Cher on the way between Amboise and Loches.
  • 11. Perhaps a leaf lost here.
  • 12. Bishop Bonner.