Henry VIII: November 1517

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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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November 1517

1 Nov.
R. O.
3767. LEO X. to WOLSEY.
Part of a papal breve relating to the building of St. Peter's at Rome, and the appointment of a banker for the money received by the sale of indulgences. Rome, 1 Nov. MD[XV]II.
Add. and endd.
Vit. B. III. 128.
B. M.
Instrument appointing William [Warham] Abp. of Canterbury and Robert Bp. of St. David's papal commissaries of the indulgence issued for the building of St. Peter's, with the privileges annexed to the same.
Pp. 7, mutilated. Headed: "... Basilicæ Sancti Petri continens effectum ejusdem."
1 Nov.
S. B.
3769. For CHARLES EARL OF WORCESTER, Chamberlain.
Grant of a messuage and land in Keyowe, Surrey, bounded by the lands of Rob. Staynford and Wm. At Were's, and by the highway; also lands in "le Estden" and "le Westdene;" parcel of the manor of Richmond alias Sheen. Del. Westm., 1 Nov. 9 Hen. VIII.
2 Nov.
R. O.
Had been prevented from replying to his two previous letters by the sweating sickness, and for reasons which their commissary will tell him, whom they highly recommend. They have, in compliance with his wish, so modified the sentence passed on John Haynes and his son that neither can be much hurt. It was determined, however, that they should remain at Oxford, on condition of their satisfying the injured, and their good behavior; notwithstanding which Haynes has, without provocation, left Oxford. They have not yet been able to ascertain, as Wolsey desired, whether William Baker and Thomas Buklond were the authors of the fire which happened there. They have, however, expelled them. Buklond, who had been thrown into prison for another offence, has escaped, and fled with Baker. Oxford, postridie calendas Novembris.
Lat., p. 1. Add.: Card. Ebor. ac totius Angliæ Cancellario.
3 Nov.
Vit. B. XX. 76. B. M.
Has received his letter written "... die præteriti. Et quant a mon patr ... sum certus quod faciet id quod ser. Pri[ncip] ... non derit Cæsar, senex ille, (fn. 1) (etiam si nollet,) ... faciet prout facere cepit." He and the Viceroy were with the Pope many hours. He will return to the Emperor with his troops (cum copiis.) He has gone to get money for three months for his army. Has almost expedited his business with the Pope, and will not return to the Emperor emptyhanded. Begs to be remembered to the virtuous lord who beat Wingfield at chess, and tell him he desires his compliments to the nuncio. Has played the part of a good servant with the Pope and the Cardinal in Porticu. Begs to be remebered to "Mons. Segelaier. Et que la belle Thorotea a votre logis ne soit pas oblie." Viterbo, 3 Nov.
Hol., written in a mixture of Latin and French; p. 1, mutilated. Add.: A mon treshonnore sr Monsr Robert Winghefeld, &c.
4 Nov.
Calig. E. III. 27. B. M.
Complaints against the French by William Sabyn, who cannot obtain redress. In their letter of last month have given an account of their discussion with the French commissioners, about exchange of pirates. Arrangements have since been made. Calais, 4 [Nov]-ember. Signed.
Pp. 2, mutilated.
5 Nov.
Er. Ep. III. 8.
3773. MORE to ERASMUS.
Received his letters for Colet and Fisher, with a book for the latter. Wonders he had not written to the Archbishop himself, for he has more influence with Warham than any one else has. Will do it if Erasmus thinks More can do more in person than Erasmus can by letter. But he will have to wait, as it is usual for an ambassador, on his return, to visit the King first, and not even casually call upon any one else. Business also, at Calais, proceeds so slowly that More is afraid he will have to stay a long time. Will manage that Erasmus' pension be paid by Maruffo. Does not think it advisable to redeem it, as it might offend the Archbishop. Is glad his Paraphrase is in the press. Pace has not yet returned, nor does More know when he will. Cannot think what business he has. As far as More can hear, he has none with the Swiss or the Emperor; and has been now more than a year at Constance. Is glad Erasmus liked the verses on the picture. A friar criticized them because More had compared the two friends to Castor and Pollux. Calais, 5 Nov.
6 Nov.
R. O.
3774. LEO X. to HENRY VIII.
In behalf of Alexander Bp. of St. Dominic of Ameria, "de familia Geraldina," which has produced so many eminent prelates. He is a great historian; has written much that is approved by all men of learning; was this year recommended by the Pope to the King Catholic, and advanced to his present bishopric. Was for 22 years preceptor to the daughters of Ferdinand and Elizabeth the Catholic. He is besides a most zealous trumpeter of the King's praises. Rome, 6 Nov. 1517, 5 pont.
Vellum. Add.
6 Nov.
R. O.
Commends to her liberality Alexander appointed Bp. of St. Dominic at the request of the King Catholic. The Bishop had been in great favor with Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, and employed in the education of Katharine and her other children. With a little change these words might be applied to the occasion: "Senex puellam instruebat, puella autem senem regebat." Rome, 6 Nov. 1517, 5 pont.
6 Nov.
Vit. B. III. 178*. B. M.
Has called the attention of the King on various occasions to the expences of the Papal See, and the debts incurred by his frequent wars. Hopes that he and the clergy of England will comply with the request, shortly to be laid before them from the King, for a subsidy to the Holy See. Rome, 6 Nov. 1517, anno 5.
Copy, Lat., p. 1, mutilated.
6 Nov.
P. S.
Wardship of Alfred, son of Wm., son of Th. Trussell. Windsor 28 Sept. 9 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 6 Nov.
Pat. 9 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 19.
6 Nov.
P. S.
3778. For Wm. POWNDE, merchant of Brabant.
Protection; going in the retinue of Sir Ric. Wingfelde, Deputy of Calais. Windsor, 15 Oct. 9 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 6 Nov.
7 Nov.
S. B.
3779. For ANNE, widow of TH. FITZWILLIAM.
Licence to marry Sir Wm. Sidney, or any other person, she being tenant in dower of certain lands belonging to her late husband. Del. Westm., 7 Nov. 9 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 9 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 12.
7 Nov.
P. S.
3780. For RIC. BRISTOWE of Calwehowe, Cumb.
Pardon. Windsor, 26 Oct. 9 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 7 Nov.
Pat. 9 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 14.
8 Nov.
Vit. B. III. 180. B. M.
On the 3 Nov. received his agreeable letters, dated the 18th Oct., with Wolsey's excuses for writing so seldom, and his promise to write oftener hereafter. The state of affairs requires more frequent correspondence on both sides. Is sorry to hear of the sweating sickness having been so bad in England, and Wolsey's danger. Is glad the royal family have escaped. The Pope has only put off the deprivation of Cardinal Hadrian to follow the course of justice. When the 40 days are at an end, during which the Pope is absent for the sake of his health, process cannot long be delayed; and as the Pope has told him, he considers Hadrian deserving of this deprivation, not merely for the reasons stated in the King's letter, but for his many crimes. He has acted always so faithlessly that every one desires his fall. The Pope says nothing shall change his mind. At last he speaks positively, and Worcester is inclined to believe him; but if it prove otherwise Worcester must not be blamed. Has done all he could in the matter, and reported the Pope's words exactly, as the Pope himself desired him. But in this court, as in others, nothing can be effected without gifts; and Worcester will distribute a few, as sparingly as he can. The Pope is most grateful to Wolsey for letting him know of the French embassy coming to England, and promising that nothing shall be negociated against the interests of the Holy See. As to the pension Wolsey has promised him, Worcester will depend upon his bounty. Has received the original deed of endowment of the King's house, and will use it when occasion offers. Thanks Wolsey for the protection granted to his cousin John Campucci.
(Here a leaf or more is evidently lost.) * * * "[nume]rosam classem tormentis atque aliis machinis et instrum[entis belli]cis optime munitam et instructam parat, ut proxima ... æstate magnam aliquam suscipiat provinciam, aliquodque cru ... gerere possit, quod contra rempublicam Christianam futurum omnes ... te scribunt, licet dignosci præcise non possit quo adhuc animu[m] suum converterit." The Pope summoned the ambassadors of all princes, and, in presence of the Cardinals, with tears in his eyes, related this unhappy news, conjuring them by the mercy of God to beseech their sovereigns to come to some speedy determination for the protection of Christendom. It is thought the tyrant will first attack Hungary and Poland. It is needful to have a good fleet to turn the war into his own country. If he be not resisted now the danger to Christendom is manifest. All the ambassadors, except Worcester and the Emperor's, have commissions from their princes; the latter expects one. Worcester excused the King not having sent one, by reason of the sweating sickness, and declared openly that Henry had frequently shown his zeal for the defence of Christendom, as the Pope could testify. The French ambassador said he had been very urgent with the Pope for a universal peace. Worcester replied, that the object was a very desirable one, but it was important that it should be sincere and unfeigned, and not a pretext for injury, and that if all were as well disposed to it as England the expedition could be easily accomplished.
"Præterea sanctissimus dominus noster mihi dixit se certo scire regem Catholicum proximis præteritis diebus Illustrissimæ Dominæ Margaritæ manu propria scripsisse, quod nullo pacto auderet se in administratione dominiorum Flandriæ amplius impedire, si ejus gratiam et vitam propriam caram habebat, sed dicta dominia administranda relinqueret illis, de quibus videbitur domino de Cevres et ille significaret; quo facile cuique judicium esse potest, dictum dominum de Cevres administrationem ipsius regis Catholici ut prius in manus habere; quod non est valde opportunum, ut dominatio vestra reverendissima sua innata prudentia optime cognoscere potest. Sanctissimus dominus noster ratum et gratum habuit fædus nostrum, ut ex forma bullæ desuper jam confectæ et plumbatæ apparet, quam ejus sanctitas intro octo dies mihi omnino dare promisit. Declaravi sanctissimo domino nostro quod illa brevia [quæ po] stremo ad D. V. Reverendissimam misi pro decima, non erant illius tenoris cujus ipsa commiserat, et iccirco rursus nunc alia brevia ... secundum informationem ab ea acceptam, ut ex eorum exemp[10] .. poterit. Ego video quod sanctissimus dominus no[ster] tantum fidei promissis sibi de decima factis [ha]buit, ut nullo pacto existimare possim quin m[axi]mam caperet displicentiam et indignationem ni eam haberet. Iccirco dominatio vestra reverendissima velit sua prudentia et autoritat[e] præsentis inopiæ ejus sanctitatis opportune [mi]sereri, efficereque ut promissis eidem ab[Re]gia Maiestate et dominatione vestra Rev[eren] dissima factis fideliter stetur, et ego cer[tus sum] ut ejus quoque sanctitas promissa observet [fideli]ter. Si dominatio vestra reverendissima in meam [con]descenderit sententiam, pecuniæ non persol[ven]tur, nisi solutis ad plenum promissis; inte[rea] vero dominatio vestra reverendissima omnem [di]ligentiam adhibere potest, ut dicta decim[a] cedatur et exigatur; qua concessa eidem [senten]tiam meam aperiam, quæ non inutilis erit e... longioribus intelliget."
Complained to his holiness that he had deferred giving Wolsey the licence for the bull of Tournay. He must be content to wait a month longer. As to Peter Vannes, Wolsey's devoted servant, would gladly assist him, as requested, for three reasons;—because Wolsey wishes it, out of regard for Andreas Ammonius, and because Vannes deserves it; but is so much in debt on account of the collectorship conferred on him, that he can only give him a small assistance. Will remember him at some more convenient time. Thanks him and the King for writing in his behalf about the collectorship, and for not favoring his opponents. Rome, 8 Nov. 1517.
Hol., pp. 10, Lat., part cipher, undeciphered. Add. f. 211*.
8 Nov.
P. S.
3782. For Wm. ANDROW of London, alias of Busshophatefeld, Herts, grocer, alias brewer.
Protection; going in the retinue of Sir Ric. Wingfield. Windsor, 26 Sept. 9 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 8 Nov.
9 Nov.
S. B.
Cumb.—Hugh Hutton, *Gawin Eglesfeld, Ambrose Crakenthorp.
Northumb.—*Sir Ph. Dacre, Sir Wm. Hylton, Wm. Heron.
York.—*Sir Wm. Bulmere, Sir Wm. Scargill, Sir Chr. Danby.
Notts and Derby.—*Sir Brian Stapulton, Humph. Hercy, Sir Wm. Perpoynt.
Linc.—Sir John Skypwith, *Sir Wm. Turwitt, Sir Th. Burgh.
Warw. and Leic.—Sir Th. Parre, *Simon Dygby, John Vyllers.
Salop.—Fras. Yonge, *Peter Newton, Th. Vernon.
Staff.—Th. Swy[nn]erton, *Sir John Gifford, Sir Ralph Egerton.
Heref.—Ralph Hagnet, Th. Ap. Harry, *Sir Edw. Croft.
Worc.—Sir Wm. Compton.
Glouc.—Wm. Denys, John Whytyngton, *Sir Chr. Baynham.
Oxon and Berks.—Th. Ingilfeld, *Sir Edw. Chamberleyn, Ric. Norres.
Northt.—*Sir Wm. Parre, Th. Lovett, John Tresham.
Camb. and Hunts.—Sir Ric. Chomley, *Sir Wm. Tanfeld, Anth. Malory.
Beds and Bucks.—*Wm. Gascoign, John Mordaunt, Michael Fissher.
Norf. and Suff.—Sir Arthur Hopton, Roger Townesend, *Wm. Paston.
Essex and Herts.—*Sir Roger Wentworth, Sir Th. Tyrell of Heron, Sir Edw. Bensted.
Kent.—Sir John Peche, *Sir Th. Boleyn, Sir John Fogge.
Surrey and Sussex—..., Ric. Sakvyle, *Sir John Gaynesford.
Hants.—Wm. Paulet, Sir Wm. Sandys, *Sir John Lysle.
Wilts.—John Horsley, Geo. Twyneo, *Sir Edw. Hungerford.
Soms. and Dors.—Ric. Sapcote, *Sir Giles Strangwissh, Th. Stuteley.
Devon.—Nich. Kyrkham (?), John Crokker, *Sir Peter Eggecomb.
Cornw.—James Eresy, John Chamond, *Sir John Basset.
Westmor.—[Hen. Lord Clyfford ?]
Rutland.—Th. Sherard, Wm. Feldyng, *Sir John Dygby.
Del. Westm. 9 Nov. 9 Hen. VIII.
Signed by the King in two places.
* Those persons were chosen sheriffs whose names were pricked by the King and are marked above by a prefixed asterisk.
9 Nov.
P. S.
Livery of lands as s. and h. of Sir Gilbert of Grafton, Worc. Farnham, 4 Nov. 9 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 9 Nov.
Pat. 9 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 12.
10 Nov.
Er. Ep. VII. 35.
Begs him to be consoled for what cannot be altered. Whether his father be safe or not, knows Peter is much engaged, not only with grief but business. Sends his servant James for the things left behind by Erasmus; if any of them can be useful to Ægidius, he may take them. Wishes all he had could restore his father to health. Would have come himself, "sed metuo pituitam," and is wholly engaged with the New Testament. Has received two letters from More. Louvain, prid. Martini.
10 Nov.
Titus, B. I. 63. B. M.
3786. WM. SABYN.
Sign manual to Wolsey in behalf of Wm. Sabyn, to whom the French commissioners had refused credence as not being sufficiently authorized to demand restitution of the royal bark called The Black Bark. Wolsey is to communicate with the French ambassadors touching the same. Farnham, 10 Nov.
P. 1. Add.: To the most reverend father, &c., the Cardinal of York, Primate of England, and our Chancellor of the same.
11 Nov.
Er. Ep. App. 205.
Received two letters from him, one in Westminster Hall, the other by so bald a man, he had scarcely a single hair on his head, stating that Erasmus was laboring from a cough. Sends him 20 gold angels to cure him, "inter quos Raphaelem salutis medicum reperies." Is glad to hear he intends visiting London next January. Lambeth, 11 Nov. 1517.
11 Nov.
Giust. Desp. II. 135.
3788. SEB. GIUSTINIAN to the DOGE.
Has received their letters, which he communicated to the Cardinal, who is now gone to a place of his in consequence of the sickness. The Bp. of Paris and De la Guiche have arrived as ambassadors from France. They could not obtain admission to the King through fear of the plague. "I endeavoured to learn the cause of their coming, but the Reverend Bishop of Ely having made his appearance, I had no opportunity. It is said that they have come about certain reprisals, but I do not believe that envoys of such dignity would have been sent on so trivial an errand, especially as the aforesaid Bishop of Ely and the Lord Chamberlain, who had been appointed as envoys to France, will now not go there." The King is abroad, and moves from place to place on account of the plague, which makes great ravages in the royal Household. Some of the pages who slept in his chamber have died. None remain with him except three favorite gentlemen and Memo. Violent storms have destroyed the shipping. London, 11 Nov. 1517.
11 Nov.
P. S.
3789. For GEO. BARET and ELIZ. his wife.
Livery of lands, the said Elizabeth being d. and h. of Th. Dyneley [s. and h. of Edw. Dyneley and Sanchia his wife) and Philippa his wife; kinswoman of Anne Momperson, formerly wife of Wm. Dyneley, greatgrandfather of the said Edward; and kinswoman and h. of Stephen Dyneley. Also livery to John Harpeffeld, enfeoffed (with Sir Reginald Bray and others, deceased,) to the use of the said Thomas, of the manors of Foxcotte, Hants, Midilaston, Oxon., and Southam, Glouc.;—and to Edw. Brokas, Edw. Langford, Hen. Uvedale and John Davy, enfeoffed to the same use, of the manors of Wolverton, Hants, and Sit ..., Berks. Farnham, 4 Nov. 9 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 11 Nov.
Pat. 9 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 10.
11 Nov.
P. S.
3790. For TH. BARKER, of Colchester, fuller.
Protection; going in the retinue of Sir Ric. Wyngfeld, Deputy of Calais. Guildford, 5 Nov. 9 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 11 Nov.
12 Nov.
R. O.
Thanks him for his hospitality at Greenwich. Reminds him of the promise made by him and Master Haull that if he purchased the required "bast ropes, iron and canvas, shovels, trays and mattocks, coals," &c. within the King's price, that the difference should be shared by Lovekyn, Haull and himself. There must be some profit, "else ye could not send to London, at Christmas last, into Lombard Street, to the parish clerk of St. Mary Woulmarch, William Waulton, 400l. sterling, 200l. in groats and 200l. in pence, and plate bought for you at Antwerp that cost 200l. in gold and 5 marks sterling the making," with a small box of gold rings, noches of gold, diaper, tapestry, &c. worth 1,000 marks. When last at London "my departing homewards to Tournay was right poor without penny or ob. (halfpenny), and that I may thank you:" for had it not been for Lovekyn's advice, his master on leaving Tournay would have paid him his duty. Though the money he had spent to have Lovekyn's love is little regarded, "when that your servants should threat me for your sake, if they take me to England to cut my flesh, I trust to have such mastership that their vauncement and their dealing shall be better known." Has prepared books of everything received and delivered, with the prices. Tournay, 12 Nov.
P. 1.
ii. [Same] to "Master Haull."
His compliments to Thomas Rogers "my master counceller," [and] the young George Lawson. Begs his master may be reminded about the reckoning. "My master shows me that you and Master Arthur had all the profits" on things bought for the castle. It is not so. "Let my master remember what money he hath gained by the coals;—and look you upon your book what shovels, spades, and ashen poles was delivered betwixt February and May in anno decimo while you and my master was in England." Is ready to prove before the Lord Cardinal that 2,000l. or 3,000l of the King's money have been abstracted, and will call them to a reckoning before him. His master brought Jaco to the Deputy, and said that 298l. 2s. was owing for lime. If his master had paid him the debt owing, would never have said a word. Adrian Carlele's bills will show what stones were delivered. Has some of William Verdon's books.
P. 1.
iii. [Same] to Master [Pawne.]
Begs to have some money. Colyn has arrested him in Awdenarde for three months wages "since his master departed." "I pray you, bring me out of danger; and for your prosses of Mounce Piero Collarde axeth 6l. 13s. 4d. st. for all his labor; and here they keep me in prison for all this money, and for all things that be betwixt Collyn and me Jaco hath made the quittance."
P. 1. Endd.: The copies of divers letters sent from Hugh Frenshe to me, William Pawne.
12 Nov.
P. S.
3792. For JOAN, widow of GUY PALMES, serjeant-at-arms.
Wardship of Brian, s. and h. of the said Guy. Richmond, 8 May 9 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 12 Nov.
Pat. 9 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 12.
12 Nov.
S. B.
Wardship of John, s. and h. of Ric. Lane, of "le Hyde," Staff. Del. Westm., 12 Nov. 9 Hen. VIII. Signed: Thomas Lovell—Thomas Parr.
Pat. 9 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 11.
12 Nov.
P. S.
3794. For the MERCHANTS OF VENICE in London.
Licence for five years to export wool and tin, notwithstanding cited statutes. Greenwich, 31 July 9 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 12 Nov.
Fr. 9 Hen. VIII. m. 3.
12 Nov.
P. S.
Licence to export 1,000 qrs. of wheat; not to exceed 6s. 8d. the quarter. Esher, 4 Nov. 9 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 12 Nov.
Fr. 9 Hen. VIII. m. 2.
12 Nov.
P. S.
3796. For RIC. BROKE of London, salter.
Protection; going in the retinue of Sir Ric. Wyngfeld, Deputy of Calais. Guildford, 5 Nov. 9 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 12 Nov.
13 Nov.
R. O.
Begging that the agent of the Fucars may be reimbursed the 6,000 g. fl. delivered to the Emperor a year ago on the security of Wingfield. She has written on the subject several times. Brussels, 13 Nov. 1517. Signed.
Fr., p. 1. Add.
15 Nov.
Er. Ep. App. 207.
3798. ERASMUS to PACE.
Has replied to two, now replies to his third letter, but is very busy. He is a wonderful man, and more than Hercules, to have stabbed such a monster without the aid of Theseus. Sends his remembrances to More. Louvain, 15 Nov. 1517.
15 Nov.
Er. Ep. VII. 18.
Is sorry to hear of his father's death. The Archbishop (Warham) writes to him that he is to receive 20l.; and if Erasmus sends a receipt, the money shall be paid immediately. Begs of him to send for John Crull to pay the money, and take his receipt. It shall be paid to his agent in England. More is still at Calais, involved in tedious business: this it is to be blessed by kings and loved by cardinals. Pace has been in banishment with the Swiss for two years. His Paraphrase is nearly finished. He is not to send the books to N. at present, until Erasmus sees More. He is at Cambridge, intending to lecture on Greek. Louvain, 17 kal. Dec. 1518.
16 Nov.
S. B.
3800. For ROB. STAG.
Presentation to the church of Artereth, Carlisle dioc. Del. Westm., 16 Nov. 9 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 9 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 13.
18 Nov.
Vit. B. III. 186. B. M.
3801. [The BP. OF WORCESTER] to [WOLSEY].
Wrote on the 8th and 10th. The Pope is very urgent for the ratification of the truce, and has delivered him the ratification, dated in the month of Aug., which he sends. Regrets much that the counsels of the King Catholic in Spain do not take the form he desires, and that Chievres is omnipotent there, as he was in Flanders. Requests, therefore, that his ratification may be kept secret for the present. Thought the Pope is urged by constant offers to complete the match of the Duke of Urbino with a relative of France, he will stick to his resolution, and not throw himself into their hands: but as he is anxious to see the Duke settled, he has sent to the King Catholic, whose affinity he would prefer, to see if any marriage alliance can be devised. Has urged the Pope to allow the bull of Tournay to be published, as justice requires. He begs a little time. Dominus de Scuth, the French ambassador, has left for France with letters relative to the Turkish matters. 18 Nov. 1517. Signature burnt off.
Lat., pp. 3, mutilated.
19 Nov.
S. B.
3802. For MARG. BRIAN, lady mistress to the King's daughter, the Princess.
Annuity of 40 marks for services to the Princess, during the life of Eliz. Denton, widow, who has the fee of lady mistress to the Princess, and on whose death Brian is to have her office and fee. Del. Westm., 19 Nov. 9 Hen. VIII. Signed: T. Carlis Ebor.
Pat. 9 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 11.
20 Nov.
Calig. E. I. 130. B. M.
Have received their letters, and a copy of their new commission for redress of grievances. Have no commission to enter into grievances beyond those which are limited to the "vi[ngt]..." Aug. 1514; but if they should receive such a commission, they will be very willing to administer justice immediately. Complain that the English subjects are vexed by the long processes in the French courts, and can obtain no satisfactory redress; and though they speak well of the French commissioners, they will not appear before them, as they do not expect to obtain redress. Calais, 20 Nov.
Fr., copy, pp. 3, mutilated. Add.
21 Nov.
Giust. Desp. II. 136.
Last night the French ambassadors returned from the court. They told Sebastian they had been very well received. The question of reprisals is settled. They said they had urged the surrender of Tournay, and that the King appeared inclined to their conditions. They would not tell him on what terms; but if it did not take effect, it would occasion no dissension. "On my asking whether the King of England had made any mention of the Duke of Albany, the Bp. of Paris replied, smiling: You know all. It is true his majesty was very anxious to prevent the return of the Duke, who is now in France, but he had answered him that the Duke of Albany was next in succession, should the present young King die without heirs; and that the Scots insisted on his being Regent, and that this had not been effected by force, but volun- tarily." He added, that Albany had charge of the realm, but not of the King; that it would be impossible to prevent the Duke's return, as it would be contrary to conventions existing with Scotland. The King had assented. Pressed the ambassadors to come and dine with him, which they declined. London, 21 Nov. 1517.
24 Nov.
Vesp. F. XIII. 160. B. M.
3805. BRIAN TUKE to JOHN BENNOLT, the King's secretary at Calais.
Thanks him for his letter dated in October, expressing his willingness to act for him in the matter of 64 pokes of wool to be now heard before the commissioners. Is advised by the Deputy to present his "supplication for saving of mine action." The capture of his wools could not have been more than two months before the last peace concluded with King Lewis, when there was a truce made between England and the ambassadors of France at Westminster. Requests that John Rouse will put in his supplication in French, to be taken from the English supplication, which he transmits, and presented to the French commissioners, with the advice of Mr. Deputy, Dr. Knight and Mr. More. Would have sent a proxy; but, being now at Hampton Court with Wolsey, has no notary to make it. Hampton Court, 24 Nov. 1517.
Hol., p. 1. Add.
24 Nov.
R. O.
3806. THOMAS BROKE, Prior, and the CONVENT of TYKKEFORDE, Bucks, and JOHN VEYSY, Dean of the Chapel Royal.
Indenture, 24 Nov. 9 Hen. VIII., by which the former lease to the latter, for 30 years, the parsonage of Ascon near Byrmyngham, with next presentation to the vicary, at the annual rent of 4l.
25 Nov.
Shewsb. MSS. A. 45. Coll. of Arms. Lodge, I. 33.
On Monday week [delivered] his letters, with the examinations, to the Cardinal at Guildford, whereon he commanded Alen to wait on him to the court, and he should have his precepts. Showed the Cardinal they were but poor men, and trespassed in innocence, supposing they had right. "I followed him to the court, and there gave attendance, and could have no answer." On Friday last the Cardinal came to Hampton Court, where he now is. The [day] after asked for his answer, but could not obtain it. Asked him again on Monday last, as he walked in the park at Hampton Court, at which he was not pleased. The Sunday before, delivered the letter which Ralph Leech brought, but can get no answer to either. Suitors to him must wait his pleasure. "He that shall do so in needful to be a wiser man than I am." Seeing no remedy, came without answer to London to execute the Earl's commands. Lord Dacre's servant came with letters for the King five months ago, and can get no answer, and another servant of the [Deputy] of Calais came before the Cardinal rode to Walsingham. Hears that he answered them, "If ye be not content to tarry my leisure, depart [when ye] will." Had rather be commanded to Ro[me] than deliver letters to him, and wait for an answer. When he walks in the park he will suffer no suitor to come near, but commands them off as far as a man can shoot an arrow.
Sir William Compton showed him that the Cardinal wrote to Mrs. Vernon, if she would attain the King's favor, to bear her good mind to his servant Tyrwhit; and Mr. Coffin, by means of Caro, on Thursday last got the King's letter after the same manner, and another to Godfrey Foljambe, "to advertise unto her the danger of the same." The King also desired her to answer in writing. The Cardinal is not content with this; and yet, as Sir William showed him, the King has granted the wardship of young Mr. Vernon and Mr. Clifton (fn. 2) to the Cardinal. Sir Thomas Parr died the day he wrote last. Mr. Weston has his room of the wards with Mr. Lovell. Sir Edward Darell (fn. 3) is Vice-chamberlain to the Queen. The King will keep Christmas at Windsor, "if it please God to save it from the sickness." Tomorrow Ralph Leech goes to Farnham, where the King is, and will know his pleasure: howbeit, Sir William Compton promised that he should have heard before this.
Has paid Lord Conyers 50l., of which he borrowed 11l. (fn. 4) Can get no money for the 10 fothers of lead which Ralph Dodnor sold, unless he would receive pence. The Abbot of Westminster's payment of 80l. is payable at St. Andrew's Day. Will borrow to pay him, trusting his lordship will send the rest. The Duke of Suffolk is in Oxfordshire. Sir Weston Browne is not coming to London. As to the lead which the Earl wishes to be quickly sold, has caused Edward Burton and others to do the best they can. It would hurt the price if he were to offer it for sale. Told him, before Dr. Talbot, that he (Burton) had told the Earl he might have sold it all for 4l. 4s. the fother. Has bought one (fn. 5) tun of new Gascon wine. Does not know whether he is to send new or old. Cannot send the one hogshead of wine of Auliance (?) or of Bian (Bayonne), and the one hogshead of French white wine, as he did last year from John Easton, as none is come yet, and Allan King says none will come before Christmas. His lordship has two hogsheads of old Bayonne wine at Coldharbour. No good Rhenish wine has come this year. Allan King told him that there were two vessels of Muscadine wine, one of which the King had, and the other the Cardinal. Wishes to know his pleasure. Sends by the bearer, Ralph Dodnor's bill. Asks for some money. Coldharbour, 25... (fn. 6)
Will send next week, by the carrier, I cwt. wax, the spices and other things which he ordered. There is no carrier this week for Hallamshire.
Add.: To my Lord.
27 Nov.
R. O.
Receipt for 75 livres Tournois, being a quarter's wages due 28 Oct. 1517. 27 Nov. 1517. Signed.
28 Nov.
S. B.
3809. For JOHN LANGLAND, clk.
To have a prebend in the chapel of St. Stephen, Westminster, lately held by Wm. Lichefyld, deceased. Del. Westm., 28 Nov. 9 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 9 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 11.
28 Nov.
S. B.
3810. For SIR WM. COMPTON.
Licence to export 800 weys of beans and peas. Del. Hampton Court, 28 Nov. 9 Hen. VIII.
Fr. 9 Hen. VIII. m. 2.
30 Nov.
Er. Ep. App. 212.
3811. ERASMUS to MORE.
How happy he must be to be near the sea! Sends him his Paraphrase. Has not yet seen the lucubrations of Thomas Linacre, although he has asked Lupset for them again and again. Hears that Faber is preparing something. Requests him not to do anything with the Archbishop for redeeming the pension. Louvain, 30 Nov. 1517.
Vit. B. III. 146.
B. M.
The King and he have learned from [Worcester's] last letters that the success of the Turks against the Soldan is but too true, and are more than ever convinced of the necessity of a universal peace, to which he will yield, notwithstanding the insults he has received from France in defrauding his eldest sister of her rights, in promising peace and fomenting war in Scotland, whither they have sent the Duke of Albany, by whom his majesty's other sister has been deprived of the guardianship of her children; notwithstanding also England's obvious advantages, and the determination of the Emperor to break with France. On condition that the truce lately made with France be strictly observed, and justice be done the King's sister, [Worcester] is to use his best endeavor to bring the Pope to require peace between the two kingdoms. To avoid future hostilities in Italy it will be desirable that a new peace should be formed between the Pope, the Kings of France and England, the Venetians and the Swiss, for defence and offence against all powers. Shows the advantages to all concerned. He is not to make these proposals to the Pope till he has induced him to confer about the peace and bound him to silence. The matter must be managed with great dexterity, for reasons Wolsey cannot write. No one is privy to this matter except himself.
Lat., in the hand of Vannes; pp. 4, mutilated.
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"sincere et ordine suo, per eos ad quos spectant, ita tractentur, et disponantur," that regard should be had to the honor of each prince, for which matter the Pope thinks that great vigilance must be used, and writes to your holiness to use the utmost care. Although there has been a contract of marriage between the Duke Lorenzo and the French, as he had written before, he told the Pope what was doing in Spain, according to Wolsey's letter; and said it would be more popular if the Duke had been contracted in Spain than elsewhere. The Pope allowed it, but said he could not defer the marriage any longer, especially as he received from Spain nothing but words; and he enjoined Worcester to write to England, and say that he would do nothing to the King's prejudice.
"perniciosissimum illud cum Gallis matrimonium contraxerit, cum semper ex sententia sua viles aliquas conditiones obtulerit et omnem penitus spem smo d. n. de rebus Hispanis abstulit."
News has come that the French use all sorts of devices to gain the Swiss. Men are afraid of the result, as no other powers care to engage them; and although the King has done his part before, they think it desirable, for the sake of general tranquility, he should again retain them, and supply the defects in the administration of the Catholic King.
Continually warns the Pope not to form any alliance with the French King, as it may be prejudicial to other princes. Thinks, as the Duke of Urbino has gone to France, the French will make use of every device to trouble the Pope; and that, on account of the influence of the Duke, who will shortly return, he will be compelled to comply with their demand. He wishes the Duke to return here with his wife in two months. Thinks, however, they will be detained in France. He has, at the instance of the King of France, secretly promised the legateship to Cardinal de Busi, brother of the Grand Master. The Pope pretends he must concede it on account of the Turkish expedition.
Lat., pp. 3. In the hand of Vannes; probably the decipher of some ciphered passages in one of Worcester's letters not found.
Otho, C. IX. 32.
B. M.
Has heard no news from Syria and Egypt, now in the possession of the Turk. The fleet that was preparing for Constantinople is now at Chios. The admiral has written to the Master of Rhodes, demanding the surrender of the brother of Curtugli, the Turkish pirate, and other prisoners. Their fleet is only 40 miles off, consisting of 180 sail, sc. "triremium bastardarum lta, subtilium lta, nav[igia] decem, cætera biremes." The Rhodians are ready under four captains, of whom the writer is one. Thomas Chefeld (Sheffield) is captain of the tower Sc..., and William Weston "preceptor Anglicus." Rhodes,...Signed.
Lat., p. 1, mutilated. Add.: Rmo. &c., D. Thomæ Cardinali Eboracensi.
R. O. 3815. EXPEDITION against the TURKS.
A general truce to be had for five years among all Christian princes. A double army of 60,000 men to be kept on foot with all necessary equipments; the Mediterranean to serve for conveying provisions to one, and the Danube to the other. A disme to be paid from all Christian lands. To be joined by all Christian princes in Europe, who are twenty in number, and the six Military Orders. Two Greek exiles to accompany them, to facilitate the conversion of the people. One supreme captain appointed, who shall have with him a papal legate. Proposed contingent of the army from the North; to be commanded by a captain with a legate to assist him. The expences to be partly reimbursed by the acquisitions in Greece. Posts to be arranged for communication. The armies to march at the appointed time by a fixed route. All acquisitions to be held in the name of the confederacy, and no partition to be made till after five years. Natolia to be left to the Sophi if he will join, and he to leave Greece to the Christians; to prevail upon him to be a Christian, if possible. To open a communication with the King of the Georgians through the Christians; and, to prevent the Soldan of Egypt helping the Turk, to send by way of the Indies held by the King of Portugal, and give notice of the expedition to Preste John, called De las Indias, who is King of Nubia and Æthiopia. He is well inclined to Christianity, and, with the King of the Georgians, took part in the last Florentine Council; but, not having been visited by prelates, thorns have sprung up in the garden of faith. He would employ the Soldan on the side of Arabia and Æthiopia, and could easily collect 200,000 men. By these means Syria and the Holy Sepulchre would come into the hands of the Christians. Palestine might easily be held by fortifying and garrisoning four strong places,—Joppa on the west, Petra on the east, Dan on the north, Bersabe on the south.—and by fortifying Mount Syon. The Christian princes to reform themselves, and punish all vices in the army.
Lat., pp. 5; the two sheets found apart. Endd.: Ung gist par le Cardinal de St. Croix pour le expedicion contre les Turcz delyveree par le Grec, &c.
Vit. B. III. 250.
B. M.
3816. EXPEDITION against the TURKS.
Leo X., the Sacred College and the ambassadors of various princes, have met at Rome to consult about the necessities of the present time. The Turks have not only overrun Ætolia, Peloponnesus, Achaia, A[ttica and] all Greece, Thessaly, Magnesia, Macedonia,...Eubœa, Messia, Thrace, the Western Empire "qu...sedem Constantinopolim," but have penetrated within a short distance of Rome. They have conquered the Persian King, killed two Sultans of Egypt, and possessed themselves of Assyria, Arabia, Egypt, Bugia, Tunis, Tremezium, and other kingdoms of Africa, and intend to make war on the West, thinking no one can oppose them. They have 200 gallies, and are daily building more. The Emperor Maximilian has been consulted, but his councillors say that preparations cannot be made for so great an expedition in time for the coming summer. It is thought that the Turk will not abstain from invasion, and something must be done against him, by resisting at once the Kings of Africa, the Scythians and Tartars, &c.
The imperial councillors propose: 1. That every fiftieth person, spiritual or temporal, shall become a soldier, the other forty-nine to pay him annual wages as a foot solider. A horse soldier to be considered equivalent to two foot soldiers. The pay to be settled by the Pope; e.g. for an armed and drilled horseman 6 ducats of gold, for a light armed solider 4 or 5 ducats, for infantry 3 ducats, a month; so that from each family about one flor. Rhen. would be paid. All spiritual persons, except those Orders who have no revenue, to pay a tenth; secular persons to pay a twentieth. All spiritual and secular persons, and single women who have no income, "sed quacumque numeratæ pecuniæ su...conditione censeantur, idem medio juramenti secre...tates suas pandent, quibus ad æstimationem annuorum reddi[tuum] vigesimam æque ut priores erogare compellantur." All men in service to pay each year...Rhenish [fl.] The Pope to proclaim the crusade. All who join at their own expense to be exempted from these imposts. Commissioners to be appointed by every prince to receive and administer the money. Engines of war to be collected from every quarter. The commissioners to supply the necessary food. A general truce to be made for three years among all Christian princes. In the coming year, 1518, care must be taken to make the above contributions, and quiet all dissensions, under pain of papal censure and the Emperor's displeasure. Those who refuse, to be looked upon as enemies to Christendom, and treated accordingly. The King of France is appointed to punish all rebels towards the north-east, the King of England towards the north-west, and the Pope towards the south-west. It will be advisable for the two Kings mentioned to remain at home during the first expedition. The Sophy of Persia is to be incited to make war on the Turk, lest he invade Europe during the preparations. As he will probably be weary of war, having been deserted by the Sultan [of Egypt], and [defeated] with nearly his whole army, "potiusque hoc tempore quietem et otium optet quam Africa, quam etiam nuper magna ex parte tyrannus ille [occupat]...quippiam Christiani intentent, et si qui forte Turcharum exercit...oblata occasione et spe victoriæ injecta, cum eis decertare et...expeditionis initium Deo duce auspicaturi, ac si Christianorum pia...les apud Deum optimum preces latius juverint, Alcayram...expulsi Ægyptiorum Sultani regiarum victores subs...urbem ditioni nostræ, quod fortasse cum nullo muro aut aggerib[us cingitur]...facile fieri posset subjicere, cum qua et Nilus et universa...Christiano nomine cedere, Turcharumque tyrannus tanta rerum occasione..." Thus an easy means of stirring up the Persian King against the common enemy will be found.
It will be proper to send an army into Africa this summer to encourage the Kings of Tremezin, Fez and Morocco, and the Arabs in the Libyan mountains, who have not submitted to the Turks. Of this expedition the Emperor and the King of Portugal are to be leaders, with the power of the King Catholic and other princes, except those deputed to assist Poland. Part of the above-mentioned exactions are to be employed for this cause. The Pope will send ambassadors to the said African nations. Another expedition can be made the same year by the King of Poland, "suo nomine, et uti tutore sere...domini Ludovici," with the forces of Poland, Hungary, Bohemia,...Slesia and the other nations subject to him. The Emperor and the Duke of Bavaria will assist him with artillery, &c. The Pope will endeavor to induce the Scythians and Tartars who border on the...Russians (Ruthani) and Moldavians, to join as mercenaries. With the assistance of the Scythians, Moldavians and Wallachians, he will perhaps be able to take Chilia, and leave a garrison there for the winter.
In the second year of the expedition, 1519. Maximilian and the King of Portugal will prosecute the campaign in Africa, and penetrate beyond Alcayro and Alexandria, and will easily get together 100,000 men from the African nations. This year the Kings of England and Denmark, and the Great Master of Prussia, with a body of Russian (Rutheni) archers, will be able to join them. The King of France will also send an army through Italy, Illyria, Croatia and Dalmatia, to the depot of the Turks called Oberbossna. The King of Poland will repeat his invasion of the preceding year, and join the French King at Oberbossna, and together they will attack Philippopolis and Adria[nople], and, if successful, garrison them with Tartars, &c., who can support themselves by plundering the neighbourhood. If they can seize Chalcedon or Negropont, or any seaport, in the third year, they can easily be joined by the other forces in Africa.
The third year, 1520, the [Emperor] and the King of Portugal, having freed Africa, will cross to Greece, and, taking Constantinople, invade Asia Minor and Natolia, when they will doubtless be assisted by the Sophy. They would cede to him half Natolia and the whole of Chara. The Christians are to retain the rest of Asia and Africa, and especially...and Jerusalem. After these successes the Africans may probably be converted to Christianity. Ambassadors to be sent immediately by the Christian powers to the Emperor and to the Pope to make arrangements.
Lat., pp. 16, mutilated.
Vit. B. III. 234.
B. M.
3817. EXPEDITION against the TURKS.
Obligations to be observed by those who join the expedition.
1. To be obedient subjects to the Pope. 2. To state under their hand and seal the forces and money they will apply to the defence of Christendom. 3. To declare what they are willing to do for an offensive war against the Turks. 4. One confederate not to give shelter to the vassals of another. 5. Not to levy war on confederates, or those under their protection. 6. Not to interfere with standing alliances. 7. The Swiss to be comprehended.
Lat., pp. 3, mutilated; imperfect at the beginning.


  • 1. "Rex Catholicus" is interlined in a different hand.
  • 2. Misprinted "Clifford" by Lodge.
  • 3. Misprinted "Dyer" by Lodge.
  • 4. 40l. in Lodge.
  • 5. One misread three by Lodge here and elsewhere.
  • 6. Mutilated.