Henry VIII: January 1515, 1-10

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Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 2, 1515-1518. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1864.

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January 1515

1515. R.O. 1. DESIGNS of LEWIS XII. and HENRY VIII. against FERDINAND.
"Extractum ex instructionibus oratorum Christianissimi Francorum Regis." (fn. 1)
1. Lewis thinks March the best time for the interview.—2. Hopes England will assist him in the recovery of Milan, considering how he was stripped of it by Max. Sforza, the King of Arragon and the Swiss, as shown to the Duke of Suffolk, and will lend him for that purpose 200,[000] crowns of gold.—3. As it has been reported by the Papal Nuncio that the King of England is not favorable to the recovery of Milan, he shall write to the Pope a letter expressing his intentions in favor of France, according to the tenor sent to the Abp. of York (fn. 2); to be presented by the English ambassador at the Papal court. Is willing to assist England in the expulsion of the King of Arragon from Navarre, as mentioned by the Duke of Suffolk. Henry is to give a promise under his hand to make no truce with Arragon without the consent of France.
Abstinence is to be granted to Scotland in the interim, as John de Planis has been sent into Scotland to negotiate a peace between it and England. The King and Queen of Scots are to be certified of this, and De la Bastie of the intentions of England. The said French ambassadors desire to have the form of the obligation for the 200,000 gold crowns.
Lat., pp. 4. Endd.
Fox's Book of Martyrs, II. 20. 2. RIC. FITZJAMES BP. OF LONDON to WOLSEY.
Beseeches Wolsey to be good lord to his poor Chancellor, who is now in ward, being indicted on an untrue quest on the accusation of Chas. Joseph, and to intercede with the King to have the matter examined before the Council. Feels assured that a jury in London will condemn any clerk, be he as innocent as Abel, "they be so maliciously set in favorem hœreticœ pravitatis."
Fox's Book of Martyrs, II. 21. 3. HENRY VIII. to WM. HORSEY, Chancellor of the Bp. of London.
Commanding him to recompense Roger Whapplot of London, draper, and Margaret his wife, daughter of Richard Hunne, for whose murder Horsey was indicted about 5 Dec. 6 Hen. VIII., and afterwards pardoned, the King intending he should make restitution to the infant children of Hunne for the wasting of his goods, which were of no little value. (fn. 3)
1 Jan.
P. S.
Next presentation to the prebend in St. Stephen's, Westminster. Greenwich, 24 Dec. 6 Hen. VIII. Del. Knoll, 1 Jan.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 23.
1 Jan.
P. S.
5. For WILLIAM CORF, merchant of Florence.
Licence to export 100 sacks of wool called lokes. Greenwich, 22 Dec. 6 Hen. VIII. Del. Knoll, 1 Jan.
Fr. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 12.
Kent.—W. Abp. of Canterbury, Edw. Duke of Buckingham, Geo. Nevill Lord Abergavenny, John Lord Clinton, Th. Broke Lord Cobham, Sir John Fyneux, Sir Rob. Rede, Sir Wm. Hody, John Boteler, John More, Sir Edw. Ponynges, Sir Hen. Guldeford, Sir Th. Bulleyn, Sir John Pecche, Sir Ric. Cholmeley, Rob. Blagge, Sir Christ. Garneys, Sir Wm. Scott, Sir Edw. Guldeford, Sir John Fogge, Sir Jas. Darell, Th. Nevill, Th. Willoughby, Th. Isley, Ralph Seyntleger, Walter Roberth, John Rooper, Wm. Fyneux, Nic. Boughton, Th. Turbervyle, Reginald Pekham, Jas. Walsyngham, Th. Wode, John Colman, Wm. Whetenall, Hen. Fane, Ric. Lee, John Hales and John Petyte. Knoll, 1 Jan.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 3d.
2 Jan.
Vit. B. II. 116.* B. M.
Has arrived at Rome. Hears that the Bp. of Murray has made an exchange of the bishopric of Bourges with the reservation of Cottingham, to the writer's sorrow. Rome, 2 Jan. 1515.
Hol., Lat., p. 1, mutilated. Add.: Archiep. Eboracensi.
4 Jan.
Vit. B. XVIII. 62. B. M.
[Wrote last] from this town on the ... of last month touching an embassy from the Emperor to England, delayed on account of the war with the Venetians. This county of Tyrol promises 5,000 foot. The Pope is incensed against the Venetians for not acceding to his desire for peace. It is said the Emperor will grant to the M[agnifico] Julian Parma, Plesaunce, M[antua], and also deliver [the city] of Milan in recompence for Parma and Pl[esaunce, the] city of Bergamo, and the town of Crema [with other] things; and that the Pope will make an alliance with the Emperor and the King of Arragon firmer than in time past. A marriage is concluded [between] the [Magni]fik Laurence de Medicis and the [grand]daughter niece to the ... give with her in ... "to do is not yet known."
Cardinal Gource is despatched from the Emperor to the King of Hungary. It is thought "his" brother the King of "Poole" will be there at his arrival to treat for the marriages of the Prince of Castile and his sister the Lady Mary. The Bp. of Bryxino (Brescia), a right honorable man, born in this county of a noble house, but with an impediment in his speech, is going to England in embassy with "the Lorde Hewe of Milon (de Melun) and the Presydent De la Roche." "It may be strawnge to se the manner and the array of the bouschoppis of Almayne, but veryly what so evyr [ar]raye this man dooth weere, he hath the name to be [hono]rable and of honeste lyffe." The Bp. of Trente, also born in this county, is here, about to be despatched by the Emperor to the Duke of ... that the said three embassies ... [Some lines lost.] Begs to be recalled. Will be obliged to sell his plate if not relieved. Insbrook, 4 Ja[n.]
Hol., pp. 3. Add.
4 Jan.
P. S.
Pardon and release as Comptroller of the Household, late chief captain of the King's army in Gylderlond, ambassador to Lady Margaret, Lieutenant of Tournay and Warden of the Cinque Ports. Greenwich, 28 Dec. 6 Hen. VIII. Del. Otford, 4 Jan.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 23.
5 Jan. 10. For WM. WHITEHED of Wakefeld, York, butcher.
Pardon for killing John Saywode of Wakefeld, in selfdefence, at St. Alban's. Westm., 5 Jan.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 23.
7 Jan.
R. O.
* * "..deulx, mais tant seulment de ses parrans et allyes." As to the jealousy Spinelly believed him to entertain of the Prince's prosperity, they told him "que a tout est pense de lasseurer a son desyre;" and that, knowing it was the wish of the Prince's advisers to marry him into France contrary to his opinion without his being able to prevent it, he preferred that he should follow the advice of his friends and relations, rather than of his enemies, "sans desyster quil sen feyrra quite au moyen du voyagge Dalemaygne"(?); that the French King is a nearer ally of the King of Navarre, for which reason he will look to the observance of the late treaties; that peace has been made with the Venetians; and that the affairs of Italy are in such good train that the Pope will join the confederacy, as also the Swiss, to get payment of their 400,000 crowns; in which case the French will be checked and probably wish for a universal peace without a blow being struck.
To confirm the friendship of England with this house, they are willing to renew their old treaties, declaring that the Prince will adhere to whatever he promises. De Berges and the President wish Poynings or the Deputy of Calais to be sent hither for this purpose. For these reasons the King should give the ambassador of Arragon a good reception. Ravenstein and Chievres are in great sorrow for the death of the French King. The Pope is trying to marry his nephew at Florence to the daughter of the Duke of Cardone, a near kinsman to the King of Arragon. Though he thinks his clerk loyal, writes at present with his own hand in such language as he can (en telle languaygge que say). Brussels, 7 Jan.
Hol., Fr., pp. 2. The beginning wanting. Add. and endd.
8 Jan.
R. O.
Has imparted to Cardinal Hadrian the King's confirmation of his wishes that Andreas Ammonius should be collector in England. The Cardinal consents and will write to the King accordingly. The Pope is exceedingly anxious to excuse himself from acting inconsiderately in this matter, or being influenced by any but a good motive. Rome, 8 Jan. 1515, 2 pont.
Lat., p. 1. Add.
9 Jan.
R. O. St. P. VI. 32.
Although he has stated already that he gives no credit to the charge of the crime of poison made against the Bp. of Worcester, was prevented sending his complete exculpation, as he wished to allow time for refuting all the objections of the accusers, and that the cardinals of the Consistory might have leisure for individual inquiry. Sends a copy of the absolution passed unanimously, sub plumbo. The excellent character of the Bishop, the vacillation and frivolity of those who accused him, satisfied the Pope of his innocence, in which he has been confirmed by the opinions of skilful lawyers employed to investigate the matter. Rome, 9 Jan. 1515, 2 pont.
Lat. Vellum. Add.
9 Jan.
P. S.
14. For HENRY HOPKYNS and JOHN WILLIAMS, yeoman of the Guard.
Grant, in survivorship, of the fee of the Crown, being 6d. a day, surrendered by the former. Greenwich, 18 Dec. 6 Hen. VIII. Del. Otford, 9 Jan.
Pat. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 23.
Calig. D. VI. 268. B. M.
Having been informed of the danger of the King her husband, "and that [in] likelihood or this time he is departed to the mercy of God," offers his consolation and advice "how your grace shall demean [yourself], being in this heaviness and among strangers, far from [your] most loving brother and other your assured friends and servants. Touching your consolation I most heartily beseech your grace, with thanksgiving to God, to take wisely and patiently such visitation of Almighty God, against whose ordinance no earthy creature may be, and not by extremity of sorrow to hurt your noble person." Assures her that Henry will not forsake her; and begs her, for the old service the writer has done her, to do nothing without the advice of his grace, however she should be persuaded to the contrary, and to let nothing pass her mouth "whereby any person in these parts may have [you] at any advantage. And if any motions of marriage or other [offers] fortune to be made unto you, in no wise give hearing to them. And thus doing ye shall not fail to have the King fast and loving to you, to aitain to your desire [and come] home again into England with as much honor as [queen ever] had. And for my part, to the effusion of my [blood and spen]dyng of my goods, I shall never forsake nor leav[e you] ... "
A rough draft in Wolsey's hand, p. 1, mutilated.
10 Jan.
Vesp. F. XIII. 202 b. B. M. Ellis, 1 S. I. 119.
Thanks him for his loving letter. Begs he will remember her to the King her brother, "for such causes and business as I have for to do." Has none else to put her trust in now that the King her husband is departed to God. "As it shall please the King my brother and his Council I will be hordered." "And whereas you avise me that I should make no promise, my lord, I trust the King my brother and you will not reckon in me such childhood." Trusts she has "hordered" her self to the King's honor since she was in France. Paris, 10 Jan. 1515.
Hol., p. 1. Add.: To my Lord of York.
10 Jan.
Otho, C. IX. 16. B. M.
The Order sends a present to his majesty at the suggestion of Newport. Had received letters in Greek from Sel[im], signing himself Sultan of Persia, a dignity he had never reached. After his late engagement with the Sophi, both armies drew off. The Turk has under him 50,000 men. In a late engagement with the same power, when the Greek forces of the Turks were hotly pressed, the janissaries refused to assist them. No prayers of Selim could prevail. The Greek soldiers were cut to pieces with their "Berlabey" and two bashaws. 25,000 Georgians met the Sophians on their return, but not being able to prevail on them to renew the fight, pursued the Turks. The latter, reaching a rapid river, sent forward their horse into the stream to moderate the violence of the current, but lost more than 4,000 men and 30 guns, which were afterwards recovered by the Georgians. The Turk is now at Amasia, formerly the seat of his brother Acumat (Achmet). Cortogolus, the Turkish pirate, has returned from the west; he had previously gone to Gallipoli, to Bustang bashaw. As he was visiting his home, he was attacked by the Rhodians, one of his vessels taken and several Christians set at liberty. Rhodes, 10 Jan. 1515. Signed.
P.S.—Edward Hill will take home the balsam in a little phial.
Lat., pp. 3, badly mutilated. Add.
10 Jan.
R. O.
Had received by Dr. Sampson a collation to a prebend of Tournay for Lewis Maraton, now imperial agent. Thanks Wolsey for having done this at the writer's request. Thomas Spinelly, the King's ambassador, truly informed them of Wolsey's anxiety to promote the wishes of their Prince and the Lady Margaret. Brussels, 10 Jan. 1514. Signed.
Lat., p. 1. Add.: Rmo. &c. Archiep. Eboracen. ep'atus Tornacensis administratori.
10 Jan.
S. B.
Licence to import 300 tuns of Gascon wine. Del. Otford, 10 Jan. 6 Hen. VIII.
Fr. 6 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 13.


  • 1. This document refers to the secret propositions mentioned in Vol. I. No. 5637, for a joint expedition against Arragon by Lewis and Henry, broken off by the death of the former.
  • 2. "D. Ebor."
  • 3. I doubt the authenticity of this document.