Henry VIII: May 1515, 1-15

Pages 118-133

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

This free content was digitised by double rekeying and sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. All rights reserved.

Page 118
Page 119
Page 120
Page 121
Page 122
Page 123
Page 124
Page 125
Page 126
Page 127
Page 128
Page 129
Page 130
Page 131
Page 132
Page 133

May 1515

Adv. MS. 427.
The King of England is planning an invasion for the summer. Asks his assistance to repel the enemy. Land forces would be early enough on the 1st of August. Sea forces will be sooner needed. Albany is coming from France. La Basty is in Scotland. Norge king-at-arms is awaiting Albany's orders. Wishes to know what assistance he will send and when, and whether he is about to send an ambassador to England to dissuade them from using force: if so, he might proceed to Scotland, renew the old treaty and make other arrangements. Proposes a marriage between the Duke of Holsatia and the sister of Albany's wife.
Copy, Lat., p. 1.
1 May.
S. B.
402. For SIR EDW. BELKNAPP, the King's councillor, BARTHOLOMEW WESTBY and ROBERT BLAGGE, barons of the Exchequer.
To be surveyors of crown lands according to the Act 6 Hen. VIII.; with appointment of a clerk, usher and messenger. Del. Westm., 1 May 7 Hen. VIII.
1 May.
S. B.
403. For JOHN COLE, clk., chaplain of the Chapel Royal.
Lease and custody for 40 years of the manor of Huntyngfeld, Kent, at the yearly rent of 10l. 11s. The custody was granted to William Pratt, by patent 20 Nov. 1 Hen. VIII., for 7 years. Del. Westm., 1 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 3, m. 23.
1 May. 404. For RALPH JOHNSON of London, haberdasher.
Licence to buy in England or import 100 gross of bonnets and hats of foreign manufacture. Westm., 1 May.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 21.
2 May.
R. O. Rym XIII. 494.
Commission for Bernard de Mesa Bp. of Drinawar as ambassador to Henry VIII. in his name and in that of Joanna Queen of Castile. In the town of Ventosilla, 2 May 1515.
Signed and sealed.
2 May.
Vesp. C. I. 91*. B. M.
Has received a letter dated, "xi kal. April." Understands by it and the letter of his ambassador the Bishop of Drinawar dated "v kal. Maii," the confidence reposed in him by the King, whose credence he sends herewith. Ventosilla, 2 May 1515.
Signed: Yo el Rey.
Lat., p. 1. Add.: Serenissimo, *c. Henrico, *c. Regi, *c.
2 May. 407. For RIC. ROKEBY and RIC. CLERKE.
Wardship of Thomas, s. and h. of Thomas, s. of Rob. Repyngale. Westm., 2 May.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 3, m. 28.
2 May.
S. B.
408. For JOHN THOMAS, serjeant-at-arms.
To be constable of Trematon Castle, Cornw., and comptroller of the avenaries of the duchy of Cornwall, which Robert Walshe late held. Westm., 2 May.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 7; and p. 2, m. 31?
3 May.
Giust. Desp. I. 74.
Have every day been visiting the lords and been graciously received. On the 1st the King sent a prelate and a knight to take them to Greenwich. They rode out on horseback with the Queen, and afterwards had a private audience with the King and exhorted him to continue in alliance with Francis, and help Venice to recover her territory. Were answered by Wolsey, who enlarged on the union of England, France and Venice. They then went to dinner; after dinner the King jousted. He is very expert in arms, most excellent in his personal endowments, so adorned with mental accomplishments of every sort, he has few equals in the world. He speaks English, French and Latin; understands Italian; plays almost every instrument; sings and composes; and is free from all vice. On visiting the Queen, Pasqualigo addressed her in Spanish, knowing it would please her. The Queen talked to them in Spanish on the state of Spain. London, 3 May 1515.
3 May.
Giust. Desp. I. 77.
Gives an account of their troublesome voyage to England and their entry into the city of London. Were escorted to their audience in a large barge with the rest of the Venetian merchants, to the number of two hundred persons. On entering the hall, were served with nothing but bread and wine according to the custom. Then passed through the chambers, and saw his majesty's guard, all handsome men, with halberts; never saw finer fellows. His majesty was dressed as a knight of the Garter; wore a costly doublet; over it a mantle of violet colored velvet, with a very long train, lined with white satin. On his head was a jewelled cap of crimson velvet and round his neck a collar of precious stones. When Sebastian pronounced the oration in Latin, he was attentively heard by the King, who understands Latin very well. This last address lasted an hour and was answered by a Doctor of Laws [John Tayler]. They then went to church, where mass was sung by his majesty's choir, whose voices are more divine than human; never heard such counter basses: afterwards to dinner, where the gold and silver plate were of immense value. The King sate at a table by himself. The repast ended, the King addressed the ambassadors in French. Latin and Italian. He is very handsome, courageous and an excellent musician. Two such courts of those of France and England have not been witnessed for the last fifty years.
Went on May Day to Greenwich. The Queen was richly attired, with 25 damsels mounted on white palfreys, their dresses slashed with gold lama. Thus they went into a wood, where they found the King and his guard in green liveries, with bows in their hands, and in the wood were bowers filled with singing birds. Describes the procession as it marched homeward, with certain pasteboard giants carried upon cars. Were followed by a crowd of 25,000 people. Then went to dinner. After dinner was a concert, where the writer was desired to play upon the clavichords and organ; among the audience was a Brescian [Pet. Carmelianus ?] to whom the King gives 300 ducats annually for playing the lute. Desires to have some new ballads sent him that he may please the King. Then followed the jousts, where his majesty looked like St. George on horseback. Never saw such a beautiful sight; the King exerted himself to the utmost, that a good report might be made of his prowess to Francis by Pasqualigo. The Queen is rather ugly than otherwise, and is supposed to be pregnant. The damsels of her court are very handsome. Jack Madcap, the bearer, has proved himself an excellent boon companion. London, 3 May 1515.
3 May.
Giust. Desp. I. 90.
411. PET. PASQUALIGO to _.
On the 1st, were sent for by the King to Greenwich at a very early hour. Rode out with the Queen, who was richly attired in the Spanish fashion; found the King's guard dressed in green, with bows and arrows; next saw the King mounted on a bay Frieslander, sent him by the Marquis of Mantua, dressed in green, shoes and all. Breakfasted in the bowers. "His Majesty came into our arbor, and addressing me in French, said 'Talk with me awhile. The King of France, is he as tall as I am ?' I told him there was but little difference. He continued, 'Is he as stout ?' I said he was not; and he then enquired, 'What sort of legs has he ?' I replied 'Spare.' Whereupon he opened the front of his doublet, and placing his hand on his thigh said, "Look here; and I have also a good calf to my leg." He then told me that he was very fond of this King of France and that on more than three occasions he was very near him with his army, but that he would never allow himself to be seen and always retreated, which his majesty attributed to deference for King Lewis, who did not choose an engagement to take place." Returned in great state with big drums and trumpets to Greenwich; heard mass; went to dinner; had at their table an Archbishop, the Duke of Norfolk, the Treasurer, the Admiral, the Viceroy of Ireland and the Prior of St. John's. After dinner the King armed himself cap-à-pie, and ran thirty courses, capsizing his opponent, horse and all. Addressed the Queen in Spanish, "which pleased her more than I can tell you; and she commenced talking to me about Spanish affairs and about her mother, making me all possible civil speeches." London, 3 May 1515.
3 May.
R. MS. 13 B. II. 251. B. M. Ep. Reg. Sc. I. 224.
Received, 3 May, his letters dated Paris, 9 April, from Villebresme, who informed him of the peace made with England, the French commissioners being John de Selva, President of Bourdeaux, and Peter de la Guiche, bailiff of Maçon (Matisconensis); the English, Thomas Abp. of York, Thomas Duke of Norfolk, Richard Bp. of Winchester and John Young, the Vicechancellor. He also said that Scotland would be included if hostile incursions into England ceased before 15 May, and if they made known their determination in three months. Though the people are not very desirous of peace, but rather of revenge, will listen to his advice and that of Balthasar Stuart, ambassador of the Pope, who has been a whole year in Scotland. Does not wish to be thought obstinate or desirous of hindering the expedition against the Turks. Sends accordingly these letters, confirmed by the Great Seal, to inform him of the assent of the prelates and peers to the peace. Edinburgh.
Lat., Copy.
3 May. 413. For JOHN HOCHEKYSE of Knoll, Warw., of Bewedeley, Salop, of Derby, Westchester, Cheshire, or of London, saddler.
Pardon. Westm., 3 May. With this note: Pro Deo quia pauper ac per mandatum Domini Cancellarii ac auctoritate Curiæ Cancellariæ.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 7.
4 May.
R. O.
Requesting him to pay the wages and victualling of The Fortune of Dover, from 9 April to 7 May; viz., Thomas Vaughan, captain, 18d. a day; 100 men at 5s. a month each; 16 ½ dedeshares at 5s. each; rewards for 6 gunners. 14s. 2d.; victualling 100 men at 5s. a month each; for tonnage of the said ship, 120 tons at 12d. a ton. Total, 62l. 18s. 8d. Dated, 4 [May] 7 Hen. VIII.
Postscript by William Gonson asking Dawtrey to pay two bills.
P. 1, faded. Add.
4 May.
Calig. B. VI. 109. B. M.
Will understand from the letters of Villebresme the success of the Pope's efforts to bring about peace with the Scots. Raids are discontinued. Three of his servants are dead; he wishes to replace them by others, for whom and for John Dingwall, priest, a Scotchman, who is about to visit Rome, he desires a safe-conduct, which he may find on his coming to Berwick, sent by a herald, who in his return may accompany him, or that Lord de Arsi (Darcy) be written to arrange his convoy. Edinburgh, 4 May 1515. Signed.
Lat., p. 1. Add. Endd.: Baltazar orator S. D. in Scotia.
5 May.
S. B.
Licence to buy, clack, bard, and clean 140 sacks of wool, for shipment from Boston and Ipswich to Calais. Del. Westm., 5 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 20.
5 May.
S. B.
To be comptroller in Exeter, Dertmouth, Plymouth, and Fowey, on surrender of patent 8 April 3 Hen. VIII. granting the same, during pleasure, to Richard Coffyn and the said John. Del. Westm., 5 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 3, m. 2.
5 May.
S. B.
418. For NICH. HURLETON, clerk of the Spicery.
To be surveyor of the works in Cheshire and Flintshire. Del. Westm., 5 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 24.
5 May. 419. For SIR WM. PERCY.
Release as late sheriff of Yorkshire; also for his securities, George Hastyngis of Kenthorn in Pykeryng Liche, and Ralph Bukton of Emelwell, York, of 200 marks, given 12 Dec. 5 Hen. VIII. before the Abbot of St. Mary without York. Westm., 5 May.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 26.
5 May.
S. B.
420. For WM. COSTON of Gloucester.
Pardon. Del. Westm., 5 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 21.
* A marginal note affixed intimates that he being a pauper nothing was paid for the seal.
7 May.
Calig. B. VI. 104. B. M.
Have written to the King of the conclusion taken between the King of Scotland, the Queen, and lords of that realm, and trust that a firm league will take the place of ancient quarrels, for the affection all classes of that kingdom bear to France. The peace is or will be proclaimed from the 15th of this month. Desire that similar proclamations may be made in the borders of England. Edinburgh, 7 May. Signed.
Lat., p. 1. Add.: Excelso et magnifico domino d. archiepiscopo Eboracensi.
7 May.
S. B. Rym. XIII. 497.
422. For CUTHBERT TUNSTALL, LL.D., RIC. SAMPSON, LL.D., SIR TH. SPYNELL, TH. MORE, and JOHN CLYFFORD, governor of the English merchants.
Appointment as ambassadors to Charles Prince of Castile, for continuance of the treaties of intercourse made between Henry VII. and Philip late King of Castile, dated London, 30 April 1506, and 20 Feb. 1495. Westm., 7 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Fr. 7 Hen. VIII. m. 30.
7 May.
S. B. Rym. XIII. 495.
423. For SIR EDW. PONYNGES, K.G., of the Household, and WM. KNYGHT, LL.D.
Appointment as ambassadors to treat with Charles Prince of Castile, and renew the league of 9 Feb. 1505. Westm., 7 May.
Fr. 7 Hen. VIII. m. 30.
7 May.
S. B.
424. For SIR RIC. CAREWE, knight of the Body, and Nicholas his son.
To be Lieutenants in survivorship of the castle of Calais, with power to appoint 49 soldiers, and the nomination of one of them as constable of the said castle; as held by Sir John Donne or Sir Anthony Brown. Del. Westm., 7 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 13.
7 May.
S. B.
425. For SIR RIC. CAREWE, knight of the Body, Lieutenant of the castle of Calais.
Annuity of 20l. out of the issues of Calais. Del. Westm., 7 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 15.
7 May. 426. For EDW. SKYPWITH.
To be serjeant-at-arms with 12d. a day. Westm., 7 May.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 24.
Middlesex.—:W. Abp. of Canterbury, Th. Abp. of York, Th. Earl of Derby, John Abbot of St. Peter's, Westminster, Th. Prior of St. John's, Sir John Fyneux, John Butler, Humph. Conyngesby, Sir Th. Lovell, Sir Hen. Marney, Sir Th. Nevell, John More, John Newdegate, Sir Ric. Cholmeley, Sir And. Wyndsore, Bartholomew Westby, Rob. Blagge, Sir Hen. Wyat, Sir John Daunce, John Mewtys, Rob. Elryngton and John Kyrton. Westm., 7 May.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 5d.
8 May.
R. O. Rym. XIII. 498.
Confirmation of the treaty of peace made by John de Selva and Peter de la Guiche on the part of France with Th. Abp. of York, Thom. D. of Norfolk, Rich. Bp. of Winton, and John Yong, on the part of England. Montargis, 8 May 1515. Signed and sealed.
R. O. Rym. ib. 501. 2. Oath of Francis I. to the above. Same date.
R. O. Rym. ib. 501. 3. Notarial instrument by John Pastilli and John Spitalerii, stating that on 8 May 1515, in the chapel of the castle of Montargis, Francis I. took the oath to observe the treaty of 5th April 1515. Present, Dr. Nicholas West, elect of Ely. Witnesses, Renatus Bastard of Savoy, Ymbert de Basternay, Arthur Gouffier, Sr. de Boisy, Peter de la Vernade, and Nic. de Neufville.
R. O. Rym. ib. 502. 4. Obligation, under pain of excommunication, to fulfil the arrangement made by John de Selva and Peter de la Guiche for the payment of the million due to Henry VIII. according to the treaty of London, 5 April 1515. Payments to commence on 1st May at Calais with 50,000 fc., and so every six months. Montargis, 8 May 1515. Signed and sealed.
R. O. Rym. ib. 504. 5. Notarial instrument by John Pastilli and John Spitalerii, testifying that on 8 May 1515 Francis I. appeared before Anthonius de Tenda Bp. of Riez, at the castle of Montargis, and there acknowledged his obligation to pay the arrears of one million due from Louis XII. to Henry VIII., submitting himself to the censures of the Church in the event of nonpayment. Reciting also the nomination of the Bp. by the Abp. of Sens, Tristandus de Salzar, to receive the King's submission. Present: Renatus Bastard of Savoy, Ymb. de Basternay, Will. de Montmorenci, Arthur Gouffier, Pet. de la Vernade, Nich. de Neufville.
S. B. 6. Ratification of above by Henry VIII.
8 May. 429. ST. ALBAN'S.
Indenture whereby the king quitclaims within four years the manors of More Assheles, Bacheworth, Britwell, and Estbury, Herts, Bucks, and iddx., in favour of Thomas the Abbot and the Convent of St. Albans, Herts, Barth, Westby, John More, Ric. Broke, and Anthony Fitzherbert, serjeants-at-law, Rob. Turberfeld and George Skypwyth, to the use of the said abbot, with certain reservations. The said abbot agrees to pay 3,000 marks, and to make estate in fee to persons named by the King of all interest in Wynges Lane, parcel of the Steelyard, and of the King's place called Baynarde's Castle, London.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 14.
Berks.—Thos. Abbot of Abingdon, Rob. Brudenell, Ric. Elyott, John New[port], Sir Thos. Lovell, Sir Andrew Wyndsore, Sir Wm. Sandis, Sir John Daunce, Sir Wm. Essex, Sir Geo. Foster, Thos. Fetiplace, Guy Palmes, Ric. Weston, Hen. Bruggis, Thos. Inglefeld, Wm. Besellys, Jas. Strangwais, John Fetiplace, Wm. Fetiplace, Thos. Unton, Chris. Belyngeham, Wm. Swayne, Geo. Wodeward, Wm. Yong. Westm., 8 May.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 1d.
Wrote his last, on the 1st, from Augsburg. The Swiss have foreborne their march to Genys, as the coming of the French was a vain report. The Emperor leaves in a day or two for Hungary. Is sorry he is so badly provided with means to join in the voyage, considering the great presence that will be there. Augsburg, 9 May 1515.
Hol., p. 1. Add. Endd.
9 May.
Rym. XIII. 507.
Wardship of Francis Bygod, s. of John and heir of Ralph Bygod. Westm., 9 May.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 15.
10 May. 433. For ROB. WOTTON.
To be chief gate-keeper of Calais as Ric. Carewe held the same; on surrender of patent 12 April 1 Hen. VIII. by which the said Rob. was appointed during pleasure. Westm., 10 May. Vacated on surrender 16 Aug. 11 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 26.
10 May.
S. B.
434. For FRA. COKAYN and DOROTHY his wife, d. and h. of Thomas Marow, serjeant-at-law.
Livery of lands. Del. Westm., 10 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 19.
10 May. 435. For EDW. ROUNDE, of Wyesheld Newland, Deane Forest, Glouc.
Pardon for having killed John Wyllym, of St. Briavels, yeoman, in self-defence. Westm., 10 May.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 15.
11 May.
R. O.
Obligation to pay to Henry VIII., for the expences over and above her dowry of her marriage with Lewis, and her return to England, 24,000l. in yearly instalments of 1,000l.; to resign to the King's use her dote of 200,000l., her plate and jewellery, the wardship of Lady Lisle, daughter and heir of John Grey Lord Lisle. 11 May 7 Hen. VIII.
11 May.
Calig. D. VI. 231. B. M.
437. WEST to the KING.
On 28 April received the King's letters by the pursuivant Lysle; has endeavoured to accomplish their purport. Has also received letters patent confirming the peace, a copy of the King's oath, minute of the submission made by the late French King, copy of the treaty last concluded for the payment of money, with two commissions for finishing the business. Left Paris, 28 April, for the French King, who had departed the Monday before. On Tuesday, May Day, reached Morette, three leagues from a village where the King lived. Wrote to the Grand Master of the arrival of the English pursuivant with the minutes, requesting to know when he should wait upon the King. Received for answer that he should [repair unto] Mount Argys, and there he would be found. As there were no suitable lodgings West rode straight to Argys; reached it Thursday, May 3. On Friday came the Chancellor, and the King on Monday the 7th, Drew a new minute of the submission, and another of the French King's obligation for payment, as none had been sent. Then went to the Chancellor, and requested "for abridging the time that [the] confirmation of the treaty of peace, and the obligation with the submission according to the foresaid minutes, be written in mundum, ready to be signed and sealed at the King's coming thither; with whom I have much to do touching the said submission and obligation, because the first day of May, which is the [day] of the first payment to be made by the now King, [is] passed, and the money delivered, as he said to [the] treasurer that should bring it to Calais, and [from which] he would have excepted and deducted 50,000 francs as paid on May Day [notwithstanding ... ] francs paid by the late King Loys; but [foras] much as I supposed that the said 50,000 francs were not yet paid but should be paid, the first day of June next coming according to the old custom, therefore I would in nowise condescend to that exception, for thereby your Grace might have lost the said 50,000 francs." Had taken care to secure the King against loss.
On Monday, about 5 o'clock at night, Francis came to Mount Argys; invited West to ride on his left hand, who had met him a mile and a half from the town. West informed him that he had received authority to perform all things touching the peace, and requested performance of all such things as were to be done touching the peace and payment of money: at which Francis expressed himself right glad, and would perform everything the next day before noon, and asked if Suffolk and the French Queen were passed into England. On which West took occasion to "break to him" of the moveables roundly according to his instructions. Whereupon the King studied a little, and answered that he would commence with ... [on] that matter the next day. He expressed his desire to have a personal interview with Henry; "and I said that if he [gave] me a good answer touching the said jewels and moveables, I supposed there would be no great difficulty in bringing that matter about; [but if] he dealt not well with the Queen's Grace your sister, in that matter, your Grace would take it so unkindly that there would be great difficulty to bring it to pass." Expressed his delight that the King of Arragon had not been included in the amity with the King of England. "And thereupon [I asked] him whether the said King of Arragon w[as ... ] as it was said, or not; and he answered me [that] he had one post that showed him that he [ ... ] another showed him that he was fren[dly ?] ... shewed him that for melancholy of this amity betwixt your Grace and him he was fallen sick; and that, he said, he supposed to be true." West desired him to grant a safe-conduct to the King of Arragon's ambassador in England; to which he consented after some reluctance.
On Tuesday the 8th, after mass the King made his oath at the high altar, and subscribed the treaty and the obligation before two Bishops, the Ambassador of Venice, the Chancellor, Mons. de la Tremoille, the Grand Master, and others. After the ceremony the King desired him to repeat, in the presence of the Chancellor, what he had said the day before touching the Queen's moveables. After doing so the Chancellor desired West to withdraw. On being called in, the Chancellor, at the King's desire, made answer that if the King under[stood] that the Queen had any right to the said m[oveables] he would have given her all together. And [upon this], as I said she had received no part, the Chancellor replied that she had the jewel of Naples, for which the King offered 30,000 crowns, and 18 pearls worth 10,000 crowns; but he trusted to see Henry shortly, and they would settle the matter. No other answer could West get. After dinner, with considerable difficulty and much discussion, he had obtained from the Chancellor all instruments and writings according to his charge, except the safe-conduct of the Spanish ambassador; in excuse for which the Chancellor said he had lost the instructions that West had given him, which was a mere pretence. Francis departed next day. On Wednesday the 9th, West took his leave, expecting to be in England shortly. Paris, 11 May. Signed.
Add. Endd.: My Lord elect of Ely, from France, 11 May.
Mutilated, pp. 7.
11 May.
Vit. B. XVIII. 148. B. M.
"Pleaseth your grace ... letters unto your highness ... for the post was ready to depart or I ... day" received Henry's letters dated London, 26th of last month. After reading the same Wingfield sent them to the Emperor, who was at supper. Attended the Emperor by his desire at 8 o'clock, and found him in company with the Duke of Mekkylbourge. Maximilian then retired with Wingfield to another chamber, and after he had spoken about his journey to the confines of Hungary, the Pope, the Swiss, and divers other things, Wingfield notified that he had received letters from Henry, dated the 26th of last month, commanding him to thank Maximilian for the kind overtures and friendly feelings he had expressed towards him, and to assure him of Henry's hope and desire that a confederation should be established between them. Upon this Maximilian immediately took off his bonnet, and desired Wingfield to express his hearty thanks to Henry for his friendly overtures, and to assure him that though he never doubted but that Henry knew well the love and favor he bore towards him, he was greatly rejoiced at having his hopes confirmed. After talking of other matters Wingfield informed Maximilian of the preparation of Henry's embassy to the Prince, and the causes whereof, of which he seemed glad to hear. Upon Wingfield's demanding if his Majesty had any trusty person in the Prince's court with authority as his ambassador, Maximilian "reckoned three: First, the Count Palentine, whom he said is a man that loveth too much his ease, [t]o have good perceiving in great matters; and another, the Count Felix, [w]hich is meetter for the war than for matters of great weight; and also he shewed that the said Count Felix is hurt on the hand with a crossbow, [a]nd hath leave to go home to his house; and the third one, named Casius, [w]hich he showed to have more wit and experience than the other, but he shewed [hi]m to be corrupt by the Lord Chevyrs." Wingfield suggested that Maximilian would find no man better qualified to deal with the matters to be brought forward than "the Lord Bergis; and when I had ended my saying he made ... well that the Lord Bergis ... when the time was followed ... was to have taken the governance of my ... which done many things should have followed ... out of twne, and though so be in that and in ... I have given in my days both I and the parties ... and displesaure for lack of following the same, yet me ... satisfied in myself to have done mine office in couns ... though other have done themself and me harm ... Howbeit as touching this matter that ye have brooke[d to remem]bir me of a sufficient man to put in authority with the [ambassadors to] hear and treat of such matter as shall be purposed for ... which shall hurt our ownselves, and we continue in [love] and amity." When Maximilian had said thus much Wingfield left him about 9 o'clock. Will advertise Henry of further progress made in this matter. Augsbourg, 11 May 151[5].
P.S.—Whereas in Henry's said letters he notified Wingfield that he sent him 200l. for his charges and diet. Wingfield would rather have leave to return—which he hopes to do soon.
Hol., pp. 3, mutilated. Add. Endd.
11 May.
S. B.
439. For SIR HEN. MARNY, knight of the Body.
To be steward of the duchy of Cornwall, the borough and manor of Bradenynche, Devon, the manor of Meere, Wilts, and all the crown possessions in Cornwall and Devon, warden of the stannaries, Cornw. and Devon, keeper of the park of Meere, Wilts, and rider or master forester of Dartmore, Devon, parcel of the said duchy, vice Robert Willoughby Lord Broke, deceased, or Robert Willoughby Lord Broke, his s. and h.; with the appointment of officers. Del. Westm., 11 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 22.
11 May.
S. B.
440. For JAS. MORICE, gentleman usher, and HUGH EDWARDES, sewer of the Chamber.
To be surveyors and receivers general of the possessions of Margaret late Countess of Richmond. Del. Westm., 11 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 14 and 15.
11 May.
S. B.
441. For MAURICE CLUNE, yeoman of the Crown.
To be serjeant of "Radnour lande," marches of Wales, vice Philip Johns, deceased. Del. Westm., 11 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 15.
11 May. 442. For RIC. PAXFORD, yeoman of the Guard.
To be bailiff of the lordship of Bourne, Linc., vice Humph. Baryngton, deceased, with usual fees. Westm., 11 May.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 26.
11 May. 443. For ANTH. COLMAN.
Licence to export 200 "dykers" of salthides. Westm., 11 May.
Fr. 7 Hen. VIII. m. 3.
11 May.
P. S.
444. For RIC. LONGE, of London, merchant, one of the mounted men at arms of Calais.
Protection, going in the retinue of Sir Ric. Wyngfeld, Deputy of Calais. Greenwich, 11 May 7 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 11 May.
12 May.
R. O. St. Pap. VI. 34.
Rob. Ingilfeld [Wyngfeld], the King's ambassador with the Emperor, has confirmed his conviction of the sincerity of the King's friendship. Wyngfeld has stated that the King intends to send ambassadors to the King Catholic. Will despatch a representative to his daughter Margaret, to treat with John Lord Berghes, and others the ambassadors. Augsburg, 12 May 1515. Signed.
Add. Vellum.
12 May.
Vit. B. XVIII. 147. B. M.
"Pleaseth your gra[ce] ... my last letters unto you ... the same of my being with the Emperor ... made unto him with such answers as he ... And this evening late he sent me the (here appears to have been an interlineation, which has been burnt) le[tter] ... shall receive with this by Master James ... that I should send the same to your highness ... he said to be contained an answer to such over[tures made] unto his Majesty by your commandment ... well that the Emperor was not a little glad to ... your grace by the diligence he hath made in ... This afternoon the Emperor has gone out hawking, accompanied by one of the Dukes of Mekylbou[rgh], and the Abp. of Breme, one of the D[ukes of Brun]swyke, which is too tall a man to be of the church, who remain to accompany Maximilian to the confines [of Hungary], an unfortunate journey for Wingfield, as he will be put to much extra expence, and his means are nearly exhausted. Augsbourg, 12th da[y of] ...
Hol., p. 1, mutilated. Add. Endd.
12 May.
R. O.
447. WEST to WOLSEY.
Took leave of the French King at Montargys on the 8th, as he advertised the King on the 11th from Paris. How he has been treated since the departure of the Queen and Suffolk, will show on his return. St. Denis, 12 May. Signed.
Orig., p. 1. Add.: Abp. of York. Endd.: My Lord elect of Ely.
12 May.
S. B.
Special livery to Ric. Bp. of Winchester, and Edm. Bp. of Salisbury, as trustees of Edw. Willoughby, son of Elizabeth, daughter and co-heir of Ric. Beauchamp. Inquisition cited. The other heirs are, Anne, widow of Richard Ligon, and Richard, son of Margaret Rede. It is represented by Willoughby that he was 21 years and upwards, and not 18 years of age, as stated by the inquisition, which is found true by other inquisitions. Del. Westm., 12 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 18.
Grant of a weekly market on Friday, at the manor of Westbury under the plain of Salisbury, Wilts, and four fairs annually, on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in Whitsun week, the second on Monday before the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, the third on the Translation of St. Edward, King and Confessor, and the fourth on Friday before the first week in Lent;—also a court of pie-powder during the same. Westm., 12 May.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 7.
12 May. 450. For GEO. LAWSON.
To be master mason of Berwick. Westm., 12 May. Vacated on surrender.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 20.
12 May. 451. For SIR WM. KYNGESTON.
Annuity of 40 marks out of the manor of Upton Snodesbury, Worc., forfeited by attainder of Francis Earl of Lovel, lately held by Ric. Blount, deceased. Westm., 12 May.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 24.
12 (fn. 1) May. 452. For BARTH. TATE, lancer of Calais.
Annuity of 20l. out of the issues of the said town. Westm. 19 May.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 17.
12 May. 453. For SIR RALPH ELLERKER, jun.
Annuity of 20l. during pleasure. Westm., 12 May.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 13.
12 May. 454. For ELIZ. DENTON.
Annuity of 50l. for her services to the late King and Queen. Westm., 12 May.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 1.
12 May. 455. For WM. COFFYN.
Annuity of 20l. Westm., 12 May.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 13.
12 May. 456. WM. BOTLEY.
Commission to John Haddon, John Boteler and Thos. Roylye to make inquisition into the lands of Wm. Botley, deceased, and take them into the King's hands. Westm., 12 May.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 21d.
Beds.—Thos. prior of St. Johns, Sir John Fyneux, Sir Rob. Rede, Hen. Grey, Sir John Seynt John, Sir Edm. Lucy, Mich. Fyssher, Wm. Gascoigne, John Mordaunt, Walter Luke, Wm. Marshall, and Simon Fitz. Westm., 12 May.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 5d.
13 May. 458. For SIR WM. FITZ WILLIAM and MABEL his wife.
Annuity of 100l. in survivorship, out of the issues of the Hanaper. Westm., 13 May.
Vacated because surrendered on 18 ... 11 (?) Hen. VIII. when the King granted them a rent in lieu of the said annuity.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 28.
13 May.
S. B.
459. For RIC. WALSSHE.
Pardon, as late of Gravesend, Kent, alias of Lamehith [Lambeth], Surrey. Del. Westm., 13 May 7 Hen. VIII.
14 May.
S. B.
460. For WM. LEGH.
To be constable of Brigenorth Castle, Salop, vice Richard Houghton; with 6d. a day out of the fee farm of the town of Briges. Del. Westm., 14 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 24.
14 May.
S. B.
Annuity of 10l. for services to Mary Queen of France, out of the customs of Plymouth and Fowey. Del. Westm., 14 May 7 Hen. VIII.
14 May.
S. B.
462. For ABRAHAM POULISON, native of Burgundy.
Denization. Del. Westm., 14 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 28.
15 May.
Vit. B. XVIII. 150. B. M.
"Pleaseth your grace ... month I wrote my last letters ... with the same a letter from the Emperor ... your Grace of such news as ... Upon Sunday last, which was the 13th day of [May, the Emperor] ordained dances to be celebrated in the ... commune hall of this city, where appeared all ... of such fresh and fair bourgeoises and mayd[ens ... ] and the Emperor rode from his lodgings with hi[s ... ] taboryns through the city to the lodging of the [Landgravine] and conveyed her to the said commune hall, whe[re the amba]ssador of Spain and the ambassador of Arragon [and the other] ambassadors except the Pope's were th[ere at their ... ] coming. And forthwith after the dances began ... For the first there danced none but the Landgra[vine and] five damsels which were neither old nor fow[l. In the] first dance the Archbishop of Breme Duke [of Brunswick] led the Landgravine right properly, (though he be [a son] of the Church) arrayed in a "fair gown of black velvet [with a collar of gold] about his neck and a good sword under his go[wn].
In the while that the Emperor was there (which was [while] four or five divers dances were danced) he ta[keth the Landgravine] and the foresaid ambassadors under a rich cloth [of gold, which] was so large that six persons might sit there [under] one by another, and then the Emperor at such [time as he] was determined to depart, the minstrels [were commanded to] play, and he took the Landgravine by the hand and [led her down] the dance till he came to the nether end of the [hall, where stood] his hoofmaster ready, which took her of his [hands and led her] up the dance, and he departed and the ... spices and wine were served and affeyr[es ... ] which dured not long for th ... (some lines here lost) ... [w]ourde be conveyed to his Treasurers [lodgings] where he supped." The Landgravine wore a head dress of pearls and rubies, and a rich collar about her neck, which was bare. The apparel of the bourgeoises was very costly and rich; some of the headdresses worth 100l. sterling, and several wore valuable gold chains, with gowns of fine crimson velvet, satin, and damasks of Venice bordered with fine cloth of gold. Some of the women were "marvellous fair, well fed, and clean washen, in such wise that, an I were young as my beard is white, your grace might think, by manner of my writing, that the sight of them touched me nearer than it did, and the rather because I deem that fair ladies, gentlewomen, and others take but small pleasure to see white hairs, which I have gotten in the cold snowy mountains, which have the power to make all hares and partridges that abide amongst them white, where my beard (which I have promised to bear to our Lady of Walsyngeham, an God give me life) is wax so white, that whilst I shall wear it I need none other mean to cause women rejoice little in my company."
"... tidings out of Italy the Venetians keep their army close in the [vicinity] of Pado and Trevyse, and the Vice Roy with his company lieth in [the coun]trye betwixt Farrare and Pado, called the Polesyn, and as yet maketh ... but now it is thought he shall set forward to make waste ... the said cities, and so it seemeth the Venetians do languish, [as he that is in a] consumption or as he that bleedeth on the master vein, ... the blood, for all their hope is of the return of France into ... for where it was thought ... their return he hath now declared ... it was never his mind nor intent n ... written to the Duke of Milan and to the Sw[iss] ... towards Genys as I advertised your Grace in a for[mer letter] ... so be that the said Duke of Genys will not deli[ver] ... as a surety that he shall not vary from his saying ... they keep forth their enterprise to chang[e] ... to which he will give them assistance."
"And whereof new the fame is that the French King ... army for his enterprise of Italy the Pope and the[e] ... put themselves in a readiness with all their adheren[ts for] resistance; and so it seemeth that the Venetians are ly[ke unto]cold coal and the French at 'oone' so hot, that it is ... their lips for all their subtle abusions." Maximilian went this day under colour to h ... it is not certain whether he will return or not; Wingfield thinks that if he does not they will soon depart towards the east. Master James de Banyssis notified to Wingfield that Maximilian had ordered him to make a letter "to my lady his daughter," giving her and Lord Bergis authority to hear and [receive] the ambassadors in his name, and that he will send an ambassador to join them shortly. "The Marquis of Bradenbourge Casymyrus shall go with [him upon] this journey, and right glad would I be that your letter [of thanks] for the sword and dagger he delivered unto [your] Grace, which I did send unto you by Derrick, my cos[en, Mr.] Jarnegan's servant, might come to my hands before [I meet] with him; howbeit and they do not I shall make ... " Written [at] ... 15 May 1515.
Hol., pp. 3, mutilated. Add. Endd.
15 May.
Rym. XIII. 508. R.O.
Received his letters, 9 April, by Mace de Villebresme, his chamberlain, who stated that France had made peace with England—that John de Selva and Peter de la Guiche had been despatched to meet the English commissioners—and that arrangements had been made to include Scotland, on condition of hostilities ceasing on the English borders after 15 May. Had been earnestly requested by the Pope, through Balt. Steward, secretary to Julius II., now ambassador for Leo X., to consent to a peace, and not binder the expedition against the Turks;—accepts the treaty accordingly.
Witness: James Abp. of Glasgow, Chanc., David Bp. of Lismore, Archibald E. of Angus, Colin E. of Argyle, James E. of Arran, James E. of Morton, Will. E. of Errol, Hugh E. of Eglinton, Alexander de Hume, warden of the marches; Lords, John de Erskin, John de Simple, Ninian de Rosse, John de Lester; John Prior of St. Andrews, George Holy Cross, Robert de Pasleto, Patrick de Cambuskynneth, John de Jedborough, James Post. of Dumfermlyng, Gawin Archd. of St. Andrews, Pat. de Cranstoun, And. de Cesfurth, And. de Farnyhirst. Edinburgh, 15 May 1515. Seal.
15 May.
R.T. 137.
Notifying his consent to be included in the treaty made between France and Arragon. Witnesses, same as above. Edinburgh, 15 May 1515.
15 May.
466. To JOHN YONG, Master of the Rolls.
To cancel a recognizance of 1,200l., made by William Denham and Thomas Wytham, merchants of the staple of Calais, John Monyns of Sandford, Kent, William Mikylfeld of Blytheford, Suff., Richard Fyssher, of Stevyngton, Hunts, and Roland Pemberton of London, merchant, 8 Dec. 23 Hen. VII. Greenwich, 23 Dec. 6 Hen. VIII. Del. 15 May 7 Hen. VIII.
Annuity of 40l. in survivorship. Westm., 15 May.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 1, m. 28.
May. R.O. 468. INSTRUCTIONS to SIR WM. SIDNEY. (Imperfect.)
* * *
"all preparations made for that purpose, and the banns openly asked, the said marriage between the said queen and Duke was solemnized at Greenwich, in presence of the King and Queen and such other nobles and estates of this realm as then were attending in the court, on Sunday the 13th day of this instant month of May. And with the same all the said estates and others of this realm be very glad and well pleased. And considering that there be no mo privy of the said secret marriage made between them in France but only the said French King, and none privy here thereunto but the King, to whom the said French King and Duke disclosed the same, the said Sir Wm. Sidney shall say that the King's grace desireth and perfectly trusteth, that for the honor of the said French Queen, and for avoiding of all evil bruits which may ensue thereof, he will reserve and keep the same at all times hereafter secret to himself without making any creature privy thereunto, like as the King shall do for his part. And at this point the said Sir Wm. Sidney shall pause, noting and marking substantially what answer the said French King shall make hereunto, to the intent he may certify the said Archbishop of York and Duke of Suffolk thereof accordingly."
He shall then say that the King is marvellously well minded to the French King, and desires often to common with him;—that if he do the King a pleasure he may be sure of twain;—and that as the jewels and plate which he promised to deliver to the French Queen were given her by her husband, the Archbishop and Suffolk think he cannot object to do so. The King would think it strange if he esteemed so small a thing more than his friendship. With regard to the meeting which Francis proposed should be arranged by Suffolk, the King desires that he will himself devise the time and place and the manner in which it had best take place. On his intimating this to Wolsey and Suffolk they will consult with the King for a final arrangement. In the affairs of Spain Henry will steadily support the French King's interests. Lastly, is to state that, in spite of the French King's promise to make the elect of Tournay resign, he is now in the Prince's countries using every effort to prevent Wolsey levying the dues of the bishopric; that he has obtained inhibitions against Wolsey's officers from the Bp. of Rayns, "and that all folks think that the French King hath little estimation of the honor of the said Archbishop thus to suffer any of his subjects to disturb him in the said administration; which is a thing that he regardeth and esteemeth much, not for the profit thereof, but inasmuch as it pleased the King's grace to name him thereunto, and the Pope's holiness by his brief hath confirmed to him the same." If any think that by creating disturbances the King will be induced to give up the city they are greatly deceived.
Imperfect at beginning, pp. 5. The last leaf found apart.


  • 1. 19 on Pat. Roll.