Spain
September 1523

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1866

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'Spain: September 1523', Calendar of State Papers, Spain, Volume 2: 1509-1525 (1866), pp. 584-587. URL: https://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=93683 Date accessed: 21 April 2014. Add to my bookshelf


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September 1523

1 Sept.
M. Re. Ac. d. Hist. C. 71. f. 73v.
596. Martin De Salinas, Ambassador of the Infante And Archduke Ferdinand, to the Treasurer Salamanca.
Has come to Burgos to despatch the Mayordomo Mericourt.
Portugal. Money affairs, &c.
The Emperor has received news that a treaty of peace with the Venetians, and an alliance between the Pope, the Emperor, the King of England, and him (the Infante) as principal contracting parties has been concluded. This news has been very welcome to the Emperor.
Juan Aleman, &c.
The Emperor has sent Monsieur de Veyre to England ; from England he will most probably go to Italy.
His (Salamanca's) marriage, &c.—Valladolid, the 1st of September 1523.
Addressed : "To the Treasurer Salamanca."
Spanish. Register. pp. 2.
9 and 11 Sept.
M. Re. Ac. d. Hist. Salazar. A. 29. ff. 23-37.
597. The Duke Of Sessa, Imperial Ambassador in Rome, to the Emperor.
Has written to him on the 27th, 29th, and 30th August ; the letters, however, were not forwarded from Genoa to Spain, because the Doge had no vessel in readiness. At this conjuncture it is of the greatest importance that the letters be forwarded with the utmost speed.
The Pope is worse. The other day he was given up by the physicians. As the Pope, however, slept last night, the physicians entertain some faint hopes of his recovery. Has seen the Pope and must confess that he has no hope.
The other day, when the Pope thought he would die, he called the cardinals to his room, and proposed to them to give the cardinal's hat to the Datary. Most of the cardinals did not attend, and of those who came many opposed his Holiness. The Pope did not seem to be offended by this opposition, as he had been forced by his servants to propose the Datary as cardinal. His servants intended to hold a consistory of cardinals to-day, but have not done so.
The Cardinal Colonna is the implacable enemy of the Cardinal de Medicis.
Venice. Preparations for war. The Pope has sent 10,000 ducats for the pay of the army.
Genoa. Lucca. Viceroy of Naples. Duke of Urbino, commander-in-chief of the Venetian army. The French speak with great confidence, but it is clear that they must abandon Italy if they are attacked on the frontiers of Spain and of England.
German troops, &c.—Rome, the 9th of September 1523.
The brother of Alberto di Carpi has conquered Carpi. Ferrara.
To-day, the 11th of September, the Pope is much worse. The other day he held a secret consistory, and proclaimed the Datary as a cardinal, &c. Rome, the 11th of September 1523.
Three o'clock at night. Comes from the palace. The Pope is a little better, but there is no hope of recovery.
Addressed : "To the ... Cœsar ... our sovereign Lord."
Indorsed : "To the King. 1523. Rome. From the Duke of Sessa, the 11th of September. Answered."
Spanish. Autograph in cipher. Contemporary deciphering. pp. 6.
11 Sept.
M. Re. Ac. d. Hist. Salazar. A. 29. f. 23.
598. Antoniotto Adorno, Doge Of Genoa, to the Emperor.
News of the intended enterprise of the French on Italy.— Venice, the 11th of September 1523.
Postscriptum.—According to letters he has received from Rome, the physicians of the Pope say that he will not recover from his illness, and that he cannot live at the utmost more than one month longer. Thinks that no other election would be attended with so great advantage as that of the Cardinal de Medicis. The Cardinal Colonna is the person who ought to be entrusted with the commission to carry the election of the Cardinal de Medicis. He can be gained through Prospero Colonna.
Addressed : "To his Imperial and Catholic Majesty."
Indorsed : "To the King. Genoa. From the Doge. 1523, the 11th of September."
Spanish. Autograph. pp. 4.
13 Sept.
M. Re. Ac. d. Hist. Salazar. A. 29. ff. 57-59.
599. The Duke Of Sessa, Imperial Ambassador in Rome, to the Emperor.
Thinks the Pope will not live longer than two or three days, although it is said that he is better.
Is making preparations that the public order be not disturbed.
The cardinals who are partisans of France intend to set at liberty the Cardinal of Volterra. The Pope has sent, motu proprio, an order to the keeper of the castle not to permit the Cardinal to leave his prison.
Prothonotary Caracciolo, &c. Alarcon is going to take command of the infantry.—Rome, the 13th of September 1523.
Addressed : "To the always victorious Cœsar ... our sovereign Lord."
Spanish. Autograph in cipher. Contemporary deciphering. pp. 3.
15 Sept.
B. A. Gen. d. R. C. d. m. 156. f. 81.
600. Memoir of the Pensions due from the Emperor to Cardinal Wolsey and other Englishmen.
Écus.
To the Legate every year 9,000
To the Duke of Suffolk 1,000
To the Duke of Norfolk 1,000
To Mr. De Boulant 1,000
To the Grand Chamberlain 1,000
To the Grand Master 1,000
To Richard Wingfield 500
To William Compton 500
To the Bishop of London 500
To Thomas Hamache (fn. 1) 200
Indorsed : "1523. August."
"The 15th of September 1523. The pensions due from the Emperor to the Legate and other Englishmen."
French. Copy. p½.
16 Sept.
M. Re. Ac. d. Hist. Salazar. A. 29. f. 70.
601. The Duke Of Sessa, Imperial Ambassador in Rome, to the Emperor.
The Pope died on the 14th, at one o'clock in the afternoon.
Many of the cardinals committed the greatest cruelty ever heard of. When the Pope was dying they importuned and pressed him to confess how much money he had and where it was hidden. They did not treat him like a Pope, but like a private man who is on the rack. The Pope swore that he had not 1,000 ducats. The cardinals would have behaved even worse had he (Sessa) not prevented them.
The cardinals performed the customary ceremonies.
The Cardinal Colonna swears to him that he is a faithful servant of his (the Emperor).
News from the Viceroy of Naples.—Rome, the 16th of September 1523.
Indorsed : "To the King. Rome, 1523. The Duke of Sessa. The 16th of September."
Spanish. Autograph. pp. 2.
28 Sept.
M. Re. Ac. d. Hist. Salazar. A. 29. ff. 143-147.
602. Alonso Sanchez, Imperial Ambassador in Venice, to the Emperor.
According to news received from France, the affair of Monsieur de Bourbon is in the same state as before. It is said that he is going to Guienne, where some castles and fortresses of his have not yet surrendered. The greater part of them will open their gates to the troops of the King of England, which consist of 400 lances and 5,000 foot, and which are marching in that direction. The King of France is still at Lyons, and it is not known whether and when he will leave that place.
The behaviour of the Venetians is not what it ought to be.
Duke of Urbino. Landriano, &c.
News from Rome.
The state of affairs in Italy is very dangerous, and confidence in his (the Emperor's) good luck has much diminished of late. It would be of the utmost importance, just at this conjuncture, if he and the King of England could make a combined vigorous attack on France, and thereby prevent the French from sending an army to Italy. If the season is too far advanced for such an enterprise, it is necessary that he and the King of England should make all possible hostile demonstrations in order to intimidate the French.
News from Italy.—Venice, the 28th of September 1523.
Indorsed : "To the King. Venice. 1523. Alonso Sanchez. The 28th of September."
Spanish. Autograph in cipher. Contemporary deciphering. pp. 8.

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