Henry VIII: January 1543, 21-25

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Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 18 Part 1, January-July 1543. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1901.

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January 1543, 21-25

21 Jan.
R. O. [Spanish Calendar, VI. II., No. 97.]
63. Chapuys to Charles V.
Received, early yesterday, the packet despatched by Granvelle on his arrival at Genoa, containing the Emperor's letters of 3 Nov. In answer, can only add to his preceding letters that this King's deputies sent him word by his man that the King approved what he had said, and would be here very shortly and would then speak with him; the deputies adding that they thought that all went well. The King's good will will be increased by his indignation at the French and Scots having together, lately, taken ten English ships coming from Bordeaux with wine for himself and others, "et du moins ne tiendra il, Sire, a dilligente sollicitation et soigneuse poursuyte." Will keep both the Emperor and Grandvelle informed of events. The French ambassador has not been in Court since the time mentioned in Chapuys' last letters : but the English have since then despatched four or five times to France, and the ambassador may return to Court soon, for two couriers came to him yesterday.
Had just written the above when a person who had dined with the ambassador reported that one of the said couriers was from the governor of Boulogne, notifying that Martin van Rossem was arrived in Julliers and joined with the duke of Cleves's army; and the governor's letter (which the ambassador showed to Chapuys's informant and to the ambassador of Cleres who dined with them) added the lies that Martin van Rossem defeated a great number of the Emperor's men who tried to stop him and that he had ravaged. Brabant in revenge for the damage done to Julliers, and also stated that the Sieur de Longueval was in Luxemburg expecting money, which may be a lie too. The other courier brought letters from Francis, written on the 10th instant at La Rochelle, stating that after appeasing the mutiny there (where two commissaries and a treasurer were slain by the populace in defence of their privilege) the King entered the town and, on New Year's Day, sat in state, with his two sons, the Cardinal of Tornon and other great personages around him, while those of the town made "emende honorable," renouncing their privileges and delivering the keys and a present of 60,000 fr.; but, considering their poverty and the reasons they alleged, he declined the money and pardoned them, imputing the fault to the governor of the country, who was dismissed from office. Count Guillaume de Fousemberg and his lieutenant have left France very dissatisfied, but most of their band would not follow them. Chapuys' informant said that the ambassador had no charge to go to Court; and that when there these holydays, the ambassador spoke chiefly for restitution of the ship that carried back the Cardinal of Scotland and was afterwards taken by the English; getting into a great passion, and speaking indiscreetly against the chiefs of the Council. If he continue this style of dealing it may be possible so to incite this King against the French as to divert him from the enterprise of Scotland to that of France, by persuading him that, after taking this opportunity to order the King of France, the source of all the calamities of Christendom, he could obtain the realm of Scotland without trouble, whereas otherwise the King of France, with very little expense, will hinder all his enterprises in Scotland, and that, in all events, it would be better to defer the enterprise of Scotland, as some partiality might arise between the four governors, especially by the practices of Earl Douglas whose nephews two of them are (which earl the King of Scots, before his death, ordered to be restored to his property, as unjustly deprived, and also [ordered] that a nephew of the Earl's who had long been in prison might be released), and during the dissension he (Henry) would always have a party there, but if he now follows his enterprise he will constrain all the realm to unite and seek assistance elsewhere. London, 21 Jan. 1543.
French, pp. 4. Modern transcript of a Vienna MS. endorsed as received at Madrid, 26 Feb. 1542.
21 Jan.
Add. MS. 32, 649, f. 87, B. M. Hamilton Papers, No. 285.
64. Lisle to Henry VIII.
Sir George Duglas is returned out of Scotland with Henry Raye, each bringing Lisle a letter from Arren, sent herewith. That brought by Raye was delivered in the presence of the whole Council, and devised by the Cardinal in answer to Lisle's, which Arren had, in mistake for another, pulled out of his pocket and shown to the Cardinal, who read it and asked what the credence was. Arren afterwards came to Sir George Duglas and, showing how he had "overshot himself," asked advice. Sir George bade him send for the Cardinal and say that, as the letter partly touched him, he should answer it; which he did, and Arren openly delivered it to Raye and gave Sir George another letter for Lisle.
Sir George's discourse was as follows. On receiving his safe conduct from Arren, now (as he says) governor, he went into Scotland with eight persons. By the way resorted to him above 1,000 horses to welcome him; by whom he learnt that Arren and other of the Council had ridden to the Queen, and when the others returned to Edinburgh Arren had gone home to Hambleton. Sir George therefore rode to his kinsman the Earl of Mortun, four miles from Edinburgh, and was there at Arren's return to Edinburgh on Monday night last. Arren sent for him the same night, and talked familiarly with him until after midnight and lodged him within two chambers of his own lodging. Next day Sir George was brought before the Council, where the Cardinal said his coming was for no good to Scotland and that his brother and he had been so long nourished in England that they would never profit their own country, and should not be admitted to their peace and lands until it appeared to the whole realm that they were come for defence of their native country and would be sworn to it. Argill and Murray and all the bishops thought the same, but Huntley thought that they should be at once admitted without question. Thereupon Arren stood up and desired them to set apart all malice and affection and ponder the state of the realm : although governor, he would desire all to consent to the receiving of his kinsman who had been long wrongfully kept out, but, if that consent was refused, he would "help to set them in, whosoever said nay, or he would take the part that they took." Sir George was then bidden to draw aside, and, after long debate, he was called in again and told that they should be admitted and trusted to be true gentlemen to their native country as their ancestors were. The Cardinal then spoke with Sir George apart, and first asked him whether he was a good Christian or given to the new learning after the fashion of England. Sir George answered that he was christened and, if not a good Christian, he prayed God to make him one; but the best of them two might be amended, and he "wished that the realm of Scotland were no worse Christians than the Realm of England." The Cardinal gave a great sigh and talked no more of those matters, but bade him welcome and desired him to forget past grudges, saying he had 20,000 crs. at his commandment. The Cardinal then went straight to Arren and tried to put him in jealousy of Anguishe and Sir George, reminding him how Anguishe killed his kinsfolk and bidding him take heed to himself. Arren declared this to Sir George that night, saying that the Cardinal "was the falsest karle in the world" and that he had "sundry times advised him to sue a divorce from his wife and to marry the Queen"; and concluded that, as soon as Anguishe returned, they would lay hands upon the Cardinal and send him to England if the King would have him. Sir George says that if the King admits an embassy Arren will send him as first in the commission, and that he thinks the other two should be Lyrmonthe and Henry Penneyse, "which was treasurer to the last King and so remaineth." Arren himself so desires to see the King that he might be brought to London, and would not be afraid of the Scots chosing another governor in his absence if Anguishe were there. Asked whether Arren would agree to Henry's having the governance of the young Princess, Sir George said that he had not yet moved such matters for fear of giving suspicion; he thought Arren would be loath to leave the governance, but would not stick to make a contract between my lord Prince and her and let Henry appoint her keepers, provided she went not out of the realm. Of the prisoners, all men in Scotland talked of their being bound to perform many things to Henry, insomuch that it was proposed to stop their hostages. Sir George is very angry that his brother signed the articles with those prisoners, and thinks that it will put their friends in jealousy of them and endanger their lives; saying that "his brother was but a beast and had no wit to serve when time did proffer." Asked what he would do if the King willed him to do the like, he replied that he would obey in all things; but, if he had been in his brother's place, he would have first ridden to the King and declared his opinion. The other lords could make it their excuse that they were prisoners, but what could his brother answer if Arren and the Council asked whether he had "granted to any such act or not"? Told him that if it came to such a point (which was unlikely) his brother and he had wit enough to shape an answer, and that he put more doubts than needed, for those lords and gentlemen would do their best to perform their promise as men of honor ought to do. Sir George said that some of them would be hanged or killed ere long, meaning Sincler and the lord of Craggy. Continuing his request for Lisle to write for licence for an embassy and for an abstinence for certain months, Sir George said that Arren, in his desire for peace, had obtained that the lords of Scotland had charged the surnames of their Borders not to ride into England, and that if an embassy were granted, he himself would be chief of it. Asked why he desired an embassy now, seeing that he and his brother before urged Lisle to write to the King to refuse it; and he answered that his friends about the Council secretly advised it. To-morrow his brother enters with him into Scotland, and, if this matter which his brother signed has not impeded their credit with Arren, "they will have the Cardinal by the back within this x or xij days."
Henry Raye says that, after he received the letter, Arren sent for him to Sir George Duglas's chamber, and there told him of the delivering of Lisle's letter to the Cardinal instead of another, adding "but for all that the smakett kerle ys begyled." Raye thinks that Sir George will bear the greatest stroke with Arren.
Is troubled because, by the departure of my lord of Duresme, he has no experienced man to advise him. Here is none but Sir Ric. Manners and Mr. Uvedale, "who is very sick still, and if he were as whole as ever he was these matters would trouble him." My lord Lieutenant will shortly be at Dernton, but that is far to send upon such sudden chances as Sir George's coming was, who could only tarry the time of his discourse. Alnwick Castle, 21 Jan., 5 a.m. Signed.
Pp. 9. Add. Endd. : ao xxxiiijo.
22 Jan.
Dasent's A. P. C., 77.
65. The Privy Council.
Meetings at Hampton Court 20 and 21 Jan. Present :—Privy Seal, Gt. Chamb., St. John, Westminster, Cheyney, Browne, Wingfield, Wriothesley, Riche. No business recorded.
Meeting at Hampton Court, 22 Jan. Present :—as before. Business :—Letter written to the lieutenant of the Tower to receive Leyche and Preistman who slew the King's herald (fn. 1) in Scotland.
22 Jan.
Parliament Roll, 34 and 35 Hen. VIII.
66. Parliament.
Begun at Westminster 16 Jan. 33 Hen. VIII., and continued by various prorogations to 10 May 35 Hen. VIII.
Acts passed in the 2nd session [holden at Westminster 22 Jan. 34 Hen. VIII.]
R. O. I. Acts entered on the Parliament Roll, viz. :—
1. [Cap. v., o. n. (fn. 2) 5]. Explanation of the Statute of Wills.
2. [Cap. xix., o. n. 19]. Payment of pensions, etc., granted by the late monasteries.
3. [Cap. xxvii., o. n. orig. wanting]. For subsidy of the Temporalty (chiefly because of the cost of the war with Scotland).
4. [Cap. xxviii., o. n. orig. wanting]. For subsidy of the clergy.
5. [Cap. xxvi., o. n. 25]. Ordinances for Wales.
6. [Cap. i., o. n. 1]. For the advancement of true religion. (Regulations for the printing, sale and use of bibles and other books of religion).
7. [Cap. ii., o. n. 2]. Concerning collectors and receivers of the King's revenues.
8. [Cap. iii., o. n. 3]. Assise (i.e. measurement) of coals and wood.
9. [Cap. iv., o. n. 4]. Against debtors who absent themselves or "keep their houses" (in title "make bankrupte").
10. [Cap. vi., o. n. 6]. Making of pins.
11. [Cap. vii., o. n. 7]. Authorising certain of the King's Council to set the price of wines both in gross and in retail.
12. [Cap. viii., o. n. 8]. Authorising skilled persons who are not surgeons to administer medicines (a practice for which the Fellowship of Surgeons of London, minding only their own lucre, have vexed divers honest men and women).
13. [Cap. ix., o. n. 9]. Preservation of the river Severne.
14. [Cap. x., o. n. 10]. For the making of coverlets in York.
15. [Cap. xi., o. n. 11]. For the making of friezes and cottons in Wales.
16. [Cap. xii., o. n. 12]. For the paving of streets (named) in London and Westminster.
17. [Cap. xiii., o. n. 13]. For the county palatine of Chester to be represented in Parliament by two knights and the city of Chester by two burgesses, and the old privilege of debtors there to be abolished.
18. [Cap. xiv., o. n. 14]. For brief certificates of all attainders, outlawries, and convictions to be made into the King's Bench, and there kept.
19. [Cap. xv., o. n. 15]. For the dean and chapter of Wells to be the sole chapter of the bpric. of Bath and Wells.
20. [Cap. xvi., o. n. 16]. Sheriffs' accounts.
21. [Cap. xvii., o. n. 17]. For the bps. of the newly erected bprics. to pay their tenths into the Court of First Fruits and not into that of Augmentations.
22. [Cap. xviii., o. n. 18]. Privileges of Canterbury.
23. [Cap. xx., o. n. 20]. Against feigned recoveries of lands granted by the Crown in tail.
24. [Cap xxi., o. n. 26]. For confirmation of letters patent notwithstanding misnaming of anything therein.
25. [Cap. xxii., o. n. 21]. Recoveries, deeds enrolled and releases acknowledged before head officers of corporate towns to stand as before the Act of 32 Hen. VIII. (cap. 28).
26. [Cap. xxiii., o. n. 22]. For due execution of proclamations.
27. [Cap. xxiv., o. n. 23]. Confirmation to John Hynde, serjeant-at-law, and his heirs of the manor of Burlewas in Maddingley, Camb., alias "the shyre manour of the countie of Cambridge," under an annual payment of 10l. for the knights of that shire in Parliament.
28. [Cap. xxv., o. n. 24]. Authority to set up a windmill and make a "conduit head" for fresh water in the town of Poole.
Ib. II. Acts on the Parliament Roll but not printed in the Statutes at Large.
29. [Cap. xxix., o. n. 44]. Confirmation to Thos. duke of Norfolk of the mansion in South Lambeth and lands there which lady Agnes duchess of Norfolk lately held, in exchange for the site, &c., of the late priory of Clerkenwell; and also of his copyhold of the messuage called the Bell and other lands in Lambeth of the abp. of Canterbury.
30. [Cap. xxx., o. n. 34.] Assurance of the treasurership of Salisbury Cathedral to Thos. Robertson and of the archdeaconry of Taunton to John Redmayn (which benefices were resigned to them by word only, the former by Ric. bp. of Chichester at Mich. 32 Hen. VIII., and the latter by John Dakyn, 24 Oct. 33 Hen. VIII).
31. [Cap. xxxi., o. n. 41]. Denization of William and Cornelius, sons of Thomas Brandlyng, advocate to the Fellowship of English Merchants Adventurers at Antwerp, by a woman of that country.
32. [Cap. xxxii., o. n. 36]. Restoration in blood of Walter Hungerford and Edward Nevell, sons respectively of Sir Walter lord Hungerford and Sir Edw. Nevell, attainted.
33. [Cap. xxxiii., o. n. 33]. Denization of Richard, Thomas and William, sons of Wm. Maye of London, skinner, by Isabel daughter of John Balyro, whom Maye married at Pharo in Portugal; also of John Marye son of Robt. Faythe alias Venables, Portcolles pursuivant, by Jeronyma daughter of Francis Denoto, whom the said Robert married while in the King's service at Jenys in Italy.
34. [Cap. xxxiv., o. n. 48]. Denization of Derike, Matthew and Gilbert, sons of Robert Dethicke, late yeoman of the King's armoury, a native of Derbyshire, by Agatha daughter of Mathis Leyendecker, whom the said Robert married at the town of Acon, beyond sea.
35. [Cap. xxxv., o. n. 30]. Assurance to John Payne of his office of clerk of the treasury and warrants and keeper of the records and writs of the Court of King's Bench for life.
36. [Cap. xxxvi., o. n. 28]. Grant of the rectory of Strubby, Linc., which belonged to Markeby priory, to the dean and chapter of Lincoln.
Parliament Office MSS. III. Acts not on the Parliament Roll and not printed in the Statutes at Large.
Cap. xxxvii. [o. n. 27]. Assurance (1) to Thomas abp. of Canterbury and his successors of the manor of Bekysbourne, alias Levingesborn, Kent (except the lands in Somerfild, Whitstable, Bisshoppesbourne and Adysham) and the manor of Forde alias Shelvingforde now belonging to Thos. Culpeper, son and heir of Sir Alex. Culpeper, and all Culpeper's lands in Bekisborn alias Levingesborn, Patrokesborn, Well, Hothe, Chistlett, Reculver, Heron and Westbere, Kent, and of the manor of Colrede, Kent, and the parsonages of Bewe Feelde, Kent, and Lytle Brickhill, Bucks, which now belong to Sir John Gage. (2) To Sir John Gage and his heirs of the manor of Ramescombe, Suss., with the fishing of Brodewater in South Malling, Southtram and Bedyngham, Suss., the parks, &c., called More Parke, Ryngmere Parke and Plasshet Parke in Ryngmere, Suss., Plottys Parke and Olde Ponde, alias Plottys Brigge in Litle Horsted and Framfelde, Suss., and all appurtenances of Ramescombe manor, now belonging to the Abp. (3) To Thos. Culpeper in fee, in recompense for his lands above mentioned, the manor and site of the late priory of Combewell alias Comwell, Kent, the advowson of Hever church, and all Gage's land (named) which belonged to Combewell monastery; and to him (Culpeper) and the heirs of his body by Elizabeth, his late wife, one of the daughters and heirs of Sir Wm. Hawte (and in default to the right heirs of Sir Wm. Hawte), the manor of Bisshoppesborn, Kent, and park called Langham Park, except the wood called the Covert, which now belong to the said Abp.
Cap. xxxviii. [o. n. 29]. Confirmation of an indenture made between Sir Wm. Sydney and Sir Wm. Fitzwilliam, 4 Jan. 34 H. VIII., for a marriage between Wm., s. and h. of Sir Wm. Fitzwilliam, and Anne Sydney, one of the daughters of Sir Wm. Sydney, assuring to the said Anne, in jointure, the manors of Gaynespark, Hennolles, Madilles and Marshalles, Essex, with lands in Theydon Garnan, Eppyng, Thedenmount and Northwyld, which belonged to Sir Wm. Fitzwilliam, grandfather of the said William.
Cap. xxxix. [o. n. 31]. Partition of the lands of John Strelley, of Strelley, dec., viz. :—To Sir John Markham and Dame Anne his wife, one of the daughters and heirs of the said John Strelley, the lands in Ratclyff, Wheatley, &c. (named), to Thos. Powtrell, son and heir of Margaret Powtrell, another daughter, the lands in Chilwell, &c., to Wm. Sacheverell and Mary his wife, the third daughter, lands in Hernsell, &c., and to Sir Nic. Strelley those due to him as heir male of the said John Strelley.
Cap. xl. [o. n. 32]. That, whereas Eliz. Burgh, late wife of Sir Thos. Burgh, dec., son and heir apparent of Thos. lord Burgh, lived in adultery during her husband's lifetime, and had children, Margaret, Humfrey, and Arthur by other persons than her husband, as she has partly confessed, these children are to be taken for bastards.
Cap. xli. [o. n. 35]. Assurance to lady Anne Cobham, wife of George Broke lord Cobham, in lieu of jointure, of certain lands of the said lord Cobham, viz., the castle and manors of Collyng, Bekeley, Strode Temple, and Chatyngdon, and other lands in Collyng, Bekeley, Strode Temple and Frynesbury, Kent, the site &c. of the late dissolved college of Cobham, and the hundred of Shamell, Kent; to be enjoyed during her life from the death of the said lord Cobham.
Cap. xlii. [o. n. 38]. Act at the suit of Hugh Denys, son and heir of John Denys, dec., nephew to Hugh Denys, dec., one of the esquires of the Body (who, 9 Oct. 1511, made his last will leaving his manor of Purle, Essex, and the reversion of the manors of Snorham, &c., under conditions which included a payment to the priory of Shene, which is now dissolved, so that the conditions cannot be fulfilled) allowing the rest of the will and substituting payment to the master and fellows of St. Mary Mawdelyn in Cambridge.
Cap. xliii. [o. n. 39]. Whereas lady Anne, wife of Sir Wm. Parre lord Parre, continued in adultery notwithstanding admonition, and, finally, two years past, left his company and has since had a child begotten in adultery, that the said child and all future children she may have shall be held bastards.
Cap. xliv. [o. n. 40]. Whereas Sir Philip Draycott, 40 years past, married Dame Elizabeth, daughter and heir of John Fitzherbert, and she, after 20 years, without cause, as proved before the King's Council, left him and now, unnaturally, seeks to disinherit her children; this Act confirms the manor of Sedsalle, Derb., Upton, Leic., and lands in Asshe, Foston and Makley, Derb., and Upton and Stoke, Leic., and Calengewood, Rudlo, and Brodoke, Staff., to Sir Philip and the said Dame Elizabeth until 22 Jan. 84 Hen. VIII., and then to John Draycott, son of Richard, dec., son of the said Sir Philip and Eliz., and his heirs, with contingent remainder to George, another son of Sir Philip and Eliz., and to Eliz., Susanne, Alice and Dorothy, daughters of the same Sir Philip and Eliz.
Cap. xlv. [o. n. 42]. Confirmation of the establishment of the Collegiate Church of Southwell, Notts., to all intents and purposes, as it was on 1 June 32 Hen. VIII.
Cap. xlvi. [o. n. 43]. Act made at the suit of Sir Wm. Barentyne, Jane Pole, widow of Arthur Pole, dec., one of the daughters of Sir Roger Lewkenour, dec., Elizabeth Lewkenour, widow of the said Roger, and Sir Hen. Knyvet, gentleman of the Privy Chamber and Anne his wife, confirming the provisions (detailed) of an award by the Lord Chancellor 21 April 34 Hen. VIII. upon the dispute which was between the said Sir Roger and Elizabeth and the said Sir Wm. Barentyne and Jane Pole, concerning the lands of the said Sir Roger and other matters, which was submitted to the Court of Chancery in the year 33 Hen. VIII.; which award cannot be fully executed because the said Sir Roger is since deceased.
Cap. xlvii. [o. n. 45]. Exchange between Wm. bp. of Norwich and Thos. Paston, of the Privy Chamber, assuring to Paston the manors of Paston and Hardele, Norf., a marsh or pasture called Poswyke Mershe and a marsh or pasture called Chambers Marsshe, both on the south side of the river that runs on the south side of the towns of Runham and Mautebye, Norf., now in tenure of Sir Wm. Paston and previously in that of John Pallyng and of John Duck, a marsh or pasture called Monckes Mersshe, adjoining one of the said Thos. Paston, son of Sir Wm., called Ravenessehall Mersshe, now in tenure of Sir Wm. Paston and previously of John Pope, another marsh or pasture in Redeham, Norf., called Monkes Mersshe in tenure of Sir Wm. Paston and previously of Thos. Godsalve, a pasture and wood called Swanton Woode in Swanton alias Swanton Abbot, Norf., in tenure of Sir Wm. Paston (all which belonged to the late mon. of St. Benet); in exchange for the manors of Gunthorpe and Welles next the Sea and the rectory of Darsyngham, Norf., tithes in Saxlyngham, Norf., and pensions of 10s. from the parsons of Saxlyngham and Wells next the Sea and of 26s. 8d. from the parson of Ingoldesthorp, Norf.; all which belonged to Bynham mon. and were granted to Paston by pat. 15 Nov. 33 Hen. VIII.
Cap. xlviii. [o. n. 46]. Assurance to Sir Brian Tuke of the manors of Layer Marney and Giberackes, Essex, and other lands (named), which, in pursuance of an exchange, 20 Dec. 34 Hen. VIII., were granted by Sir Thos. lord Awdeley of Walden to the King, which lands belonged (descent given) to Hen. lord Marney, dec.

R. O.
67. Parliament.
Brief abstract of the establishment and powers of the Court of Wards under the Statute of 32 Hen. VIII. [cap. 46] and of its authority under the subsequent statutes of 33 Hen. VIII. cap. 22 and 39 and 34-5 Hen. VIII. cap. 5.
Small paper, pp. 10.
R. O. 2. Printed copy of the Act 34-5 Henry VIII. cap. 40, declaring the three children (named) of Eliz. Burgh, late wife of Sir Thos. Burgh, dec., to be bastards.
Attested by Thos. Knight, clerk of the Parliament, 8 Feb. 35 Hen. VIII.
Harl. 1243 f. 289. B. M. 3. MS. copy of § 2 in a modern hand.
Large paper, pp. 2
R. O. 4. Printed copy of the Act 34-5 Henry VIII. cap. 43, declaring the children of the lady Anne, wife of Sir Wm. Parre, lord Parre, to be bastards.
Attested by Thos. Knight, clerk of the Parliament, 10 June 35 Hen. VIII.
R. O. 5. Clause of the Act of Parliament 34 and 35 Hen. VIII., cap. 46, providing that the Act shall not be prejudicial to the marriage of Dame Jane Barentyne with Sir William Barentyne and that their heirs shall be considered "muliers legittimate"; because "an advowe of the mantell and the ring," supposed to be made by her when widow of Sir Arthur Pole, was void, as she was before lawfully married to two husbands and had issue by each, and therefore could not by God's law profess any solemn vow; moreover it was taken by a bishop (fn. 3) of a foreign diocese not authorised by the bp. of the diocese and was forced upon her by Henry Pole, then lord Montague, brother to the said Sir Arthur, when she was in extreme grief for the death of her husband Sir Arthur and one of her children.
Pp. 2. Endd. The Parliament.
R. O. 6. "Imbridgement" of the proof made by Sir Wm. Barantyne and Dame Jane concerning their matter.
1. The death of Sir Arthur Poole was first showed, by the late lord Montague, to lady Jane Poole, alias Barantyne, a month after Sir Arthur died. 2. That was the Friday before the Sunday upon which she received the mantle and the ring. 3. That Friday, upon the knowledge of her husband's death, she was "almost besides herself" with sorrow. 4. That Friday, or next day, the corpse of Sir Arthur was brought to Bishams priory and buried. 5. The Sunday of her pretensed profession, in the conventual church of Bisham, before coming into Our Lady chapel there, "the bishop of St. Assaphen (fn. 3) did say unto the said dame Jane (she saying unto him, 'If I may take it upon me for a season and leave it at my pleasure I am content to take it upon me, or else not'), 'God forbid else, Madame,for all religious persons have a time of probation.'" 6. At receiving the mantle and ring she asked the bp. of St. Assaphen how she should be bound by that profession, which is proof that she did not know the meaning of a vow. 7. The bishop said to her "Madame, ye shall be used as a novice, and to leave your weed at your pleasure. I will bind you no further." 8. The Tuesday after her pretensed profession she cast away her tiring and barbe and [the witnesses] (fn. 4) never afterwards saw her wear tiring nor mantle, although they saw her continually as long as she tarried at Bisham. 9. The witnesses examined by the Office and those brought in by Sir Wm. Barantyne and Dame Jane say that, after her pretensed profession, they saw her wear the black frock and white hood, like a mourner, in which she came to her profession, and not the mantle. 10. Lord Montague and the late Countess of Sarum, his mother, greatly coveted that the said Dame Jane should profess chastity and take the mantle and ring that she might have no more issue; so that Henry Poole, son of Sir Arthur and her, lord Montague's nephew, then living, and, in default of him, the other children of the said Sir Arthur and Jane, should inherit the lands of Sir Roger Lewkenour, their grandfather, then aged 70 and worth 500 mks. a year. 11. Lord Montague did earnestly instigate and procure Dame Jane to take the mantle and ring, declaring that "she should take it for a time to avoid suitors and other dangers."
Pp. 3. Endd. : Toching Sr Arthure Pole.
22 Jan.
Add. MS. 32, 649, f. 93. B. M. Hamilton Papers, No. 286.
68. Lisle to the Council.
Received at Alnwick, 22 Jan., their letters dated Hampton Court 19 Jan.; and, forthwith, despatched a post to Sir Fras. Bryan, who wrote yesternight from Duresme that he would be at Newcastle to-night. The four ships at Newcastle are ready. As to the other six ships, has divers times written to Basing and the captains with him, both before the King made him admiral and since, and especially upon the King's letters of the 9th inst. From Newcastle, on the 14th, sent in post to Basing charging him to bring all the King's ships to Tynemouth or the Skate Rode. Has often written of their lying in Humbre and suffering the Scots to rob, and has just learnt that last week the Scots sent to Lithe eight crayers laden with corn taken on the Norfolk and Suffolk coast. These matters must be remedied to the terror of "such sluggards and haven creepers." It is untrue to say that the wind has not served; for divers ships have come to Tynemouth from the South, and, on the 9th inst., came four Newcastle ships out of Humbre which spoke with the King's ships riding in Humbre mouth. Lisle's own ship is with them and dare not leave their company because she has some of his plate and stuff. Has written to Bryan to warn them again.
As to the Council's letters, has sent Raye into Scotland with a letter to Arren to be delivered openly, because he brought one which was delivered him before the Council and devised by the Cardinal. This answer is like the Cardinal's letter, "both like a Welshman's hose," and sent because Raye's coming without an answer should have caused mistrust. Wrote another letter to Arren to be delivered by Sir George Duglas, and wrote to Sir George and his brother, jointly, enclosing copies of both the letters to Arren; these in a separate packet which Raye carries "hidden in most secret wise." Copies of all herewith.
Will now ride straight to Newcastle and see Master Bryan on the seas. Begs pardon for any faults he may commit, as my lord of Duresme is gone and there is none here to whom he participates these matters or who could advise him. Here is but his cousin Manners. Sir Thos. Tempest is gone to his sheriffwick. Sir Wm. Malorye was very sick and is gone home. Brian Layton tarries upon his charge, and Sir Ralph Evers is but coming and going. Has never been practised in matters of Council and is harassed by the fear of letting things pass contrary to the King's pleasure. Our treasurer (fn. 5) has been "very sore handled with a spice of a palsey," and is this day gone to Newcastle for his health. He has but 400l. left, whereof he carried 100l. to Newcastle; and our month ends upon Monday next. Sir George Duglas desired Lisle to write to the King to allow him and his brother for 400 men, saying they would make a strong party and serve better than twice so many upon the Borders. Sir George also said that Arren offered him his wife's sister, one of Morton's daughters and heirs, in marriage for his son, and promised to make him (Sir George) an earl. Alnwik, 22 Jan. Not signed. (fn. 6)
Pp. 5. Add. Endd. : "The Viscount Lisle to the Counsaill, xxijo Jarii ao xxxiiijo."
23 Jan.
R. O. [Spanish Calendar, VI. II., No. 98.]
69. Charles V. to Chapuys.
Has received his letters of 2 and 22 Nov. and learnt the communications which the Sieur de Corrieres and he have had with the King of England and his Council upon the treaty of closer amity, and the stay they persist in making in the two principal articles, viz. of defence and hantise, which would be to the Emperor's prejudice if passed as in the apostyle to the bill annexed to Chapuys's said letters. Has again discussed these articles with his Council and cannot see that they may be passed otherwise than is declared in De Corrieres charge, as they depend upon the Faith. If he has not passed further and treated according to his charge from the Emperor's sister (which it is not thought that he will have done, as events have not been so bad as to give the King occasion of rupture, who will always seek to temporise), Chapuys shall renew his persuasions, declaring the advantage to England of this closer amity and that the Emperor, out of desire for it, will condescend to all the other articles as in Chapuys's said writing. If however the two articles cannot be concluded he shall, without breaking off, advertise the Queen of Hungary and Grandvelle, being in Germany, who are to advise whether in that case to pass the treaty, or find other expedients, and instruct him accordingly. Although the English ambassador here resident has received letters both from his master and from his Council since the receipt of Chapuys's of 2 Nov., and is amply informed of the communications there, he makes no sign of it nor asks audience, and lies in villages three or four leagues hence, hunting and making great cheer, without taking other care of his master's affairs. Has signified to him the despatch of this, in order, if he wished to write, to send his with it; and cannot think what he can write, since he has not spoken with the Emperor, "et sera bien que y ayez regard si daventure il advertisoit davantaige du contenu en ceste."
Hearing of the French King's preparations for enterprises this spring, especially of the great number of Almains on the side of Navarre and Fontarabie, intends, after ordering things in this quarter, to go to Barcelona, to be nearer Navarre and Perpignan; and writes to Prince Doria to be there with his galleys before the end of March, to succour the frontiers of the sea and be ready for events, and, especially, if the French King should turn his forces towards Italy or the Low Countries, to be able to go wherever necessity most required. Madrid, 23 Jan. 1543.
French pp. 3. Modern transcript from Vienna.
23 Jan.
Add. MS. 29,597, f. 5. B. M.
70. The Duke Of Suffolk.
Warrant of the Duke of Suffolk for post horses to Hull for the bearer. Darnton, 23 Jan. 34. Hen. VIII. Signed.
P. 1.
23 Jan.
R. O.
71. Paget to Henry VIII.
This morning, as I was going to horseback, arrived from Dieppe one (fn. 7) who said he was a servant of Sir Henry Knevett, by whom and Mr. Denye he was commanded, at his leaving England, to advertise any knowledge be got touching the furtherance of your affairs. At first I was very suspicious of him; but after he had proved his credit by sundry tokens, and I considered that his advertisement if true might be profitable, and if not, and only a practise to get money, would only involve the loss of a little money, I thought best to send it. It is that the gentleman (fn. 8) who (as I wrote by Frances) goes into Scotland remains in Diepe Castle, attending for the three ships that are being put in readiness, which, when finished and furnished for war "shall be sold under a colour to the Scots, and conveyed into Scotland." They will be ready before Candlemas. One is of 300 tons, belonging to the captain of Diepe, in which passes the ambassador (as this fellow calls him), the master being Michael Russel, brother to the master of the Ferronere whom you have in England. Another is of 200 tons and belongs to John Bushart, of Diepe, and the third is of 150 tons and belonged to Nic. Du Vale, the comptroller, lately deceased. Forty cannoneers are picked to go in them. Six other ships are preparing at Diepe to be sold, as aforesaid, to the Scots to meet your ships from Burdeulx. The Almains that go into Bretaigne shall be shipped to Scotland.
Whether this fellow be true or false, he can perceive nothing from me. I write not his name lest the intercepting of this might do him hurt, which I write not in cipher because my coffers were gone ere he came. Amboyse, 23 Jan., 9 a.m.
Hol. pp. 2. Add. Sealed. Endd. : ao xxxiiijo.
Caius College MS. 597, p. 239. 2. Letter-book copy of the preceding, in the hand of Paget's clerk.
Pp. 2.
24 Jan.
Dasent's A.P.C., 77.
72. The Privy Council.
Meeting at Westm., 23 Jan. Present : Canterbury, Norfolk, Privy Seal, Gt. Chamb., Winchester, Westminster, St. John, Cheyney, Browne, Wriothesley, Riche, Baker, Dacres. No business recorded.
Meeting at Westm., 24 Jan. Present : as before. Business :—Letters written to the commissioners of sewers in Sussex for speedy repair of the breach in Pevensey marsh. Letters written to the Lord Lieutenant in the North to use his discretion for his abode at Alnwick or Newcastle, foreseeing that at Newcastle letters sent hither from Carlisle could not come first to him, the compass being too great. The keeper of Ludgate, submitting to the Council's order, dismissed from the Fleet. Recognisance of—Throwar, keeper of Ludgate, to obey the order between him and Fremont.
24 Jan.
R. O.
73. The Earl Of Surrey.
Examination of Ric. Bourne, merchant tailor, 24 Jan. 34 Hen. VIII. On 19 Jan. was at the house of Andrew Castell, butcher, in St. Nicholas Shalmelles in London when a maid servant of — (blank) Arundell in St. Lawrence Lane came to complain that Castell had deceived her with a knuckle of veal and desired in future to have the best, for "peers of the realm should thereof eat and besides that a prince." Asked What prince? She answered The Earl of Surrey. Said "he was no prince, but a man of honor, and of more honor like to be." To which she said Yes, and if oughts other than good should become of the King he is like to be king." Answered "It is not so," and she said "It is said so." Signed with a mark as affirmed before the Mayor, &c.
P. 1. Endd. : The butcher and merchant tailor of London.
R. O. 2. Another copy, likewise signed.
P. 1. In a different hand.
R. O. 3. Examination of Andrew Castell, butcher, 24 Jan. 34 Hen. VIII.
On 22 Jan. a maid servant of — (blank) Arundell in St. Laurens Lane, while "buying and chepyng victuals" in his shop, said that, the night before, certain gentlemen which were in her master's house went out after 9 p.m. "and had stone bows with them," and it was 2 a.m. ere they came in again. Describes the incident on the 19th in much the same words as Bourne. Signed with a mark as affirmed before the Mayor, &c.
P 1. Same hand as §. 1.
R. O. 4. Another copy of §. 3, likewise signed.
P 1. Same hand as §. 2.
R. O. 5. Copies of §§. 1 and 3 on the same paper, not signed.
Pp. 2. Same hand as §. 1.

R. O.
74. The Earl Of Surrey.
"First and foremost ij butchers, honest, substantial men, duly examined and sworn upon a book, and one of them worth 500l. and the other worth 300 mark, before the mayor of London, the Recorder, Sir Martin Bows, one Wyllforthe, and the town clerk of London, and the mayor's clerk which wrote their examinations, the sword bearer Smarte, and another substantial man that I know not his name."
P. 1.
24 Jan.
Add. MS. 33,649, f. 97. B. M. Hamilton Papers, No. 287.
75. Lisle and Brian to the Council.
Have called the mayor of Newcastle and the owners of the four ships which Lisle appointed to be set forth, and find that the ships are ready and victualled for one month, viz., the Elizabeth of Lawson's, the James of Brandling's, the Antonye of Anderson's and the John Evangelist (armament of each given). Have ordered Thos. Horsley, Andrew Bewyn and Robt. Lewyn, keepers of the King's ordnance here, to distribute among them 100 bows, 100 sheaf of arrows, 80 bills and 60 morres pikes. Will endeavour to accomplish the King's pleasure signified in the Council's letters of the 19th inst. There are more pretty ships here able to serve; but no mariners and no ordnance, and very little powder. Have appointed the Trynytie Saunderson and the Mary Grace, sometime called the Barke of Sandwiche, to be manned and victualled with diligence; and have written to Sir Geo. Lawson to send ordnance and powder in a crayer to Hollye Island to be ready for these ships at their coming to Scate Roode. Fourteen days' victuals for the other six ships is laden in a balinger, so that they shall not come into the haven here. Have taken order here for provision of victuals as required; and Lisle will take like order at Berwick and Holy Island. Brian has hired a boat of 30 tons to wait upon him and carry news to Lisle. Newcastle, 24 Jan.
Have great business to get two of the ships loosed out of the ice which at the quay of this town is two fathoms thick. Brian goes aboard the Elizabeth to-morrow and tarries for the King's other ships at Scate Roode. Signed.
Pp. 3. Add. Endd. : ao xxxiiijo.
25 Jan.
Harl. MS. 4,136, f. 74. B. M.
76. Bill On Antwerp.
Bill of exchange given by A.B., merchant of the staple of Callis, to W.A., for the payment of 60l. Fl. to him at Andwarpe on 25 March next. Written and sealed, 25 Jan. ao 1542.
Draft, p. 1.
25 Jan.
R. O. St. P.,ix. 274.
77. Christopher Mont to Henry VIII.
Has had no occasion to write; because all in this part of Germany is silent. What the present diet at Nürnberg will bring forth is still doubtful. King Ferdinand is detained by sedition in Hungary. The orators of the princes and towns have assembled at Nürnberg. All long for the Emperor's coming and are exasperated at the costly and ignominious expedition of last year against the Turk; blaming the leader (fn. 9) as incapable and chosen only through the ambition of his uncle, the Bp. of Mentz, and the treachery of the Hungarians and negligence of King Ferdinand. The Abp. of Cologne has called for Martin Buccerus, who preaches there daily, to the indignation of college and chapter. Duke Wolfgang, of the Palatine family, has command from the Emperor to lead 24 standards of foot into Italy. The war of Juliers hurts all Germany by stopping trade. It is to be feared that the Duke of Cleves may trust too much to Gallic promises. The French King has alienated Germany by the Turkish league. There is no mention of the Council of Trent, "nam silent leges inter arma." Spires, 1543, 25 Jan.
Latin, pp. 3. Add : Endd : ao xxxiiijo.


  • 1. Somerset herald.
  • 2. The number of the original Act as preserved in the Parliament Office.
  • 3. Wm. Barlow, prior of Bisham, who was bp. of St. Asaph from Jan. 1535, to April 1536. The expression "a foreign diocese" in § 5 means simply a diocese in which the bishop of the place had no jurisdiction.
  • 4. Omitted.
  • 5. Uvedale.
  • 6. The letter is in the handwriting of Lisle's clerk and the omission of the signature appears to be an accidental oversight.
  • 7. Giles Granado. See p. 72.
  • 8. Bordry.
  • 9. Joachim Elector of Brandeburg.