Henry VIII: Appendix

Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 6, 1533. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1882.

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"Henry VIII: Appendix". Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 6, 1533. Ed. James Gairdner(London, 1882), , British History Online. Web. 25 July 2024. https://www.british-history.ac.uk/letters-papers-hen8/vol6/pp681-685.



13 Feb.
Vatican Registers.
1. Clement VII.
Dispensation for Rob. Benet, scholar, of Salisbury diocese, now in his fourteenth year, to hold as many as four benefices, even of the Cluniac and Cistercian orders, and to retain them after he reaches the age of 20, when he shall be at liberty within the next seven years to take priest's orders, provided he takes subdeacon's orders within the first two. Bologna, 13 Feb. 1533, anno 10.
Lat., pp. 5. From a modern copy.
21 March.
R. O.
2. Lord Berners.
Inventory of parcels received in the Exchequer, 21 March 24 Hen. VIII.
2 gilt pots with 3 bowls and 6 plates of silver, 259 oz. Gilt goblets and cups with covers ; a gilt salt with arms with a cover, 12 oz., and other gilt salts and spoons ; a chalice gilt with a paten, 20 oz. ; a spoon of gold with a "perell," 2 oz. ; and a gold chain and cross, 17 oz. ; and flagons, pots, candlesticks, &c. of silver.
A standing cup in the hands of Griffith Appendreth, in pledge for money lent to lord Beruers, and one in the hands of Richard Bennet for money lent for my lord's "feneralles ;" a shaving basin in the hands of Griffith Appendreth as a pledge ; and a gilt cup given by lord Berners to Lord Edmund Howard.
In custody of Francis Hastings at lord Berners' place :
A gown of tawney velvet furred with black budge ; a black velvet riding coat, and a gown of black satin furred with martens ; 6 pair of "Almayne revettes with the splints." the bed "complete ther as Mr. Slyng laye ;" linen and chamber hangings.
Jewelry, linen, chamber hangings, &c. given by Lord Berners to Francis Hastings at his marriage, including,a cup with a cover and a rose on the top, gilt, at 5s. an oz. ; a garter with St. George within it ; a spoon of crystal, broken, bordered with gold ; crosses of gold with pearls and rings with diamond and ruby ; a whistle of "an unycorne" tipped with gold ; a sapphire ring given to my lady Wiltshire.
A night-gown of chamblet furred with old fur and faced with old martrons, blankets, cloth, silver pots, &c. given to Francis Hastings after his marriage.
4,000 billets, barrel of salt, 34 pieces of horse harness, 9 scutcheons embroidered with the King's and Queen's arms, &c.
Parliament and other robes ; a bed of state with James Bourchier ; other beds, bolsters, &c. ; 80 books "& oon of latten and frenshe ;" 4 pictures, &c. In the gentlemen's and yeomen's chambers, 11 bedsteads with feather beds and bolsters.
Furniture of the Chapel.
In the pantry :Napkins, &c. Cellar :Fish, &c.
5 mares going abroad on the common.
Plate, velvet, &c. in the hands of James Bowsser.
Other artic'es with Humphrey Bowsser
Pp. 7. Endd. : "Concerning the Jewel House. Inventory."
11 July.
Chigi Library, L. II. 23, Rome.
3. The Papal Sentence.
1533. On Sunday, 29 June, at the celebration of mass by the Pope, the ambassadors of the duke of Ferrara, Milan, Venice, and England (Sir Gregory Casale), bore the water for the Pope's hands. On Wednesday, 9 July, at a secret Consistory, the excommunication of the King was asked for in consequence of his marrying his concubine. The discussion lasted from the 11th to the 18th hour, but nothing was determined.
On Friday, 11 July, in a secret Consistory, the Pope pronounced sentence against the King, declaring him excommunicated unless he put away the woman he had taken to wife, and took back his Queen during the whole of October next. The sentence was read by D. Blosius, secretary.
Lat., modern copy, pp. 2.
Add. 8,446, f. 10 b. B. M. 2. From the diary of Blosius baron Martinello de Cesena (fn. 1), 1533. On Wednesday, 9 July, there was a secret Consistory for the discussion of the king of England's plea for a dissolution of his marriage. A demand was made on the part of the Queen and Emperor for the King's excommunication on the ground that he had proclaimed his concubine as his wife at Easter last.
On Friday, 11 July, the Pope in secret Consistory pronounced sentence against the King, super attemptatis, and declared him excommunicated, unless during the whole of October following he took back the Queen, and dismissed the other.
Lat., p. 1. From a modern copy.
MS. Vat. 7,167, f. 115 b. 3. "Diaria Romana."
A.D. 1533. On Wednesday, 16 March, a Consistory was held "in Sella Magna," in which the advocates of the king and queen of England disputed before the Pope and Cardinals, in presence of the auditors of the Rota and many others, for the Pope desired all to be admitted. But the discussion was unsatisfactory.
On Friday, 11 July, the Pope in secret Consistory, at the request of the Emperor and the queen of England, declared [Henry VIII.] excommunicated, unless during the whole month of October following he dismissed the other woman whom he had taken to wife, and took back Katharine.
Lat., p. 1. From a modern copy.
12 July.
Vatican Registers.
4. Clement VII.
Dispensation for John Leyland, B.A., rector of the parish church of Pippeling, Terouenne dioc., to hold as many as four benefices, even of the Cluniac and Cistercian orders ; the annual values combined being not more than 1,000 ducats ; leaving him within the next seven years to take priest's orders, provided he takes sub-deacon's orders within the first two. Rome, 12 July 1533.
Lat., pp. 3. From a modern copy.
20 Aug.
Vatican Registers.
5. Clement VII.
Bull in favor of William Benet, archdeacon of Dorset, Sarum dioc., ambassador of Henry VIII., who is now about to return to England, there to celebrate his first mass ; granting indulgence and remission of a third part of all their sins to all who shall attend the said first mass. Rome, 20 Aug. 1533.
Lat., p. 1. From a modern copy.
Ib. 2. Bull of indulgence for all who may give aid for the repair of the two stone bridges of Gloucester, and of the hospital of St. Bartholomew there, which is under the rule of Andrew bishop of Chrisopolis, suffragan of Jerome bishop of Worcester ; so long as the said hospital shall remain under the rule of bishop Andrew. Rome, 20 Aug. 1533, anno 10.
Lat., pp. 2. From a modern copy.
Ib. 3. Bull of indulgence, during the lifetime of Edward Karne, LL.D., chancellor of Sarum, for all persons who shall visit the chapel of Holy Cross of Cowbridge, Llandaff dioc., at the Feasts of the Invention and Exaltation of the Holy Cross, between first and second vespers, and repeat the Lord's Prayer three times. Rome, 20 Aug. 1533.
Lat., p. 1. From a modern copy.

Vatican Registers.
6. Clement VII.
Indulgence (called a confessionale) to Edward Gage of Chichester, a layman, enabling him to choose a confessor with powers to absolve from ordinary excommunication, and from vows to perform pilgrimages to foreign lands ; also to have a portable altar for celebrating divine offices, to receive the Eucharist, and to be buried with the rites of the Church, even during an ordinary interdict ; to obtain indulgences by visiting one or two churches, or two or three altars at places where he may be residing ; and, if health requires it, to eat flesh on fast days. Bologna, 5 Jan. 1533.
Ib. 2. Similar indulgence (confessionale) to William Benet, archdeacon of Dorset, ambassador of Henry VIII., and 12 noble persons, named, and 12 to be named once by him, with a clause enabling him, the archbishop of York, the bishop of Winchester, the marquis of Exeter, (fn. 2) and Lord Sandes, to have mass celebrated four times during life, even when their country is under an Apostolic interdict ; also for the others named, twice, and the rest once ; with leave to eat flesh during fasts, and to enter convents of women, giving exceptional privileges to Benet and the four above-named. Rome, 20 Aug. 1533.
ii. Similar confessionale to Edward Karne, chancellor of Salisbury, even more honorable. Rome, 21 Aug. 1533.
Also for Edmund Bonar and 12 others to be named by him.
Similar confessionale for Gueltrude marchioness of Exeter, with entry of monasteries, even of St. Claire, once a month. Rome, 24 Jan. 1534.
The like for Alvaro de Moscosco and Eustace Casenis with others.
Lat., pp. 4. From a modern copy.
MS. Vatican Polit. vol. XIV. p. 319.
7. England And Rome.
"Avisos para en la causa de Inglaterra dados per Mons. de Gambaro en Roma."
It may be that the king of England, satiated with his new wife, and the more so if a boy is born, desirous of making the child's position secure (de stabilirlo), may return to his first marriage. Only the duke of Norfolk can persuade him to do this by his influence, and relationship to the new Queen, pointing out that the peace of the kingdom and the settlement of the King's son weighs more with him than the good of his own niece, and that if the King were to die before the son became a man, the next heirs might trouble the succession,i.e., the king of Scotland and the sons of the other sister and of the duke of Suffolk, declaring the lad illegitimate by virtue of the sentence passed here. He might, no doubt, be assisted by the decrees of the kingdom lately made in his favor ; but if the obstacle of this sentence were removed, his opponents would have no power to do mischief. And the sentence might be mended so that the son should be declared legitimate on the ground that his mother was not cited, and that she is in good faith (et lei e in bona fide), especially after the sentence of the archbishop of Canterbury, and to legitimate a son the good faith of one party is sufficient. Such a declaration could easily be made if the King were content to return to his first marriage ; the Emperor would be satisfied, and everything would be honorable to the parties. But, as I have said, the duke of Norfolk alone can put forth these arguments, and the suggestion must be kept very secret, as the English are very suspicious, and, on account of old seditions, their laws are extremely harsh. A man is liable to the penalty of treason who does not reveal within 24 hours anything he knows that may concern the King ; and the rewards of informers are infinite. This law has been passed because the King's power is so precarious. He has only one castle in London, named the Tower ; he has only a hundred archers of his guard, and for any other protection depends upon his barons. Thus anyone who speaks to him on this subject must be deep in his confidence, and must assure him that he looks for no reward in England, for the English do everything from interested motives. Nor would the auditor of the Chamber, or the knight Casal, be a fit man to do this, for they have interest in England ; nor would the present Nuncio, the baron [del Burgo], because he has no familiarity with the duke of Norfolk ; but I have, because he used to come and sup with me at least once a week, and he used to talk with me freely of the affairs of the kingdom. He said he never loved any priest but me, and he lent me 5,000 cr. "quando fu il caso di N. Signore ;" so I think I could point out to him that this course would so endear him to the Emperor and the Pope that they would enable him to have the Princess for his son ; whose right would not really be put aside, and they would afterwards help to maintain him by force, as they would be bound to do ; for it is notorious that the boy will be illegitimate, "ne le mancara quando fusse bisogno la declaratoria per justicia a questa cosa." The kingdom, besides, will not wait for a child [i.e., during the minority of a child], especially an illegitimate one. And who can suppose that the king of Scotland, as the eldest son of the King's eldest sister, will not molest the kingdom? Moreover, it is to be feared there may be disturbances aided by the Emperor, and that the child will be weak, owing to his father's complexion and habits of life. If a girl is born, the right of the Emperor's niece will pass without dispute.
Advises that the count [Cifuentes] should petition his Holiness to send the writer to England.
Ital., pp. 3. From a modern copy.
[31 Oct.]
Vatican Registers.
8. Clement VII. to James V.
John Lauder has delivered to the Pope at Marseilles James's letters, dated Stirling, 10 June last, with the process raised by the bishop of Galloway and the abbot of Holyrood House, against James archbishop of St. Andrew's. Although the Pope had committed the cause to cardinal Campeggio, will send a special Nuncio to Scotland to determine it, the Archbishop being meanwhile still detained in custody without prejudice to his spiritual jurisdiction. Marseilles, "die ultima Februarii (fn. 3) 1533, anno x."
Lat., pp. 2. From a modern authenticated copy.
7 Nov.
Vatican Registers.
9. Clement VII.
Dispensation for Thomas Runcorn, archdeacon of Bangor, to hold the parish church of Patrington, York dioc., and the archdeaconry of Bangor, with any other benefices, even of the Cistercian and Cluniac orders, the annual values, combined, not exceeding 2,000 ducats ; with liberty to reside in Rome or in any university, provided he observes the divine offices as accustomed in the Roman church or the university of Cambridge. Marseilles, 7 Nov. 1533.
Lat., pp. 4. From a modern copy.

R. O.
10. Prophecies.
Information against the abbot of Garadon, who said to John Bower that in A.D. 1535 "the Church, by my book, shall have a great fall, and by '39 it shall rise again and be as high as ever it was. And further he said, 'Know you any arms?' And he said, 'None but the lord Marquis and the earl of Huntingdon.' And then the said Abbot said, 'Know you not who giveth the Eagle?' And he said, 'No.' Then the said Abbot said, 'The Eagle shall rise with such a number that the King shall go forth of the realm ; and the King shall come in again when he is at most highest and be slain at a forth (ford?) ;' of which forth the said John Bower hath forgotten the name. And further the said Abbot said, 'Know you who giveth the molle (mole)?' And the said Bower said, 'No.' And the said Abbot said, 'As far as I know the King doth give it.'" He added that whoever gave the mole is cursed of God's own mouth, "for he rooteth up the churches as the mole rooteth up the molehills ; and before the 39th year be come you, by my book, shall hear many things which I tell you not of yet." He also said, "When the Tower is white and another place green, then shall be burned two or three bishops and a queen ; and after all this be passed we shall have a merry world."
P. 1. Endd.


  • 1. The original is in the Vatican Library, MS. E. 1,885.
  • 2. Oxoniensi in MS.
  • 3. Clearly an error. The month must have been October.