Milan
1481

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1912

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'Milan: 1481', Calendar of State Papers and Manuscripts in the Archives and Collections of Milan: 1385-1618 (1912), pp. 245-246. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=92266 Date accessed: 21 April 2014. Add to my bookshelf


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1481

1481.
April 17.
Potenze
Estere.
Roma.
Milan
Archives.
369. Anello Archamo, Guidantonio Vespucci and Battista Benedeo, Milanese Ambassadors at the Papal Court, to Gian Galeazzo Sforza, Duke of Milan. (fn. 1)
We met to-day the ambassadors of the Most Christian King about the union and league against the Turks and the question of expenses. We thought it best not to enter into details on the financial question until the league was arranged. So we told the ambassadors that as they had agreed to the league they might enter into the stipulation this evening and not wait till to-morrow, so that we might have the Most Christian in our confederation, giving favour and reputation to the design. It would be better not to delay, as with the existing relations with the King of England, the Dukes of Britanny and Maximilian, something might happen which would divert his Majesty's attention and alter his mind about entering the league. The deputies retired to another room, but on returning they said they had decided to settle the question of expenses first.
Rome, the 17th April, 1481.
[Italian.]
April 28.
Potenze.
Estere.
Roma.
Milan
Archives.
370. Anello Archamo, Guidantonio Vespucci, Battista Benedeo, Milanese Ambassadors at the Papal Court, to Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan.
This morning the Pope sent for us to meet him and the French deputies and ambassadors. When we had assembled his Holiness said that it all depended upon the contributions against the Turks being settled. The matter was discussed without result, and we all departed; but after about an hour his Holiness sent for us again and said he had thought of a way of settling the difficulty, namely that we should not call it an alliance or league, but merely a convention or agreement between him and us, each one promising his contribution and making a separate arrangement with his Holiness. This would not cause any suspicion or offence to the emperor, the King of England, or the King of Spain. The French ambassadors accepted this, but we made a general reply to avoid a dispute with his Holiness.
Rome, the 28th April, 1481.
[Italian.]

Footnotes

1 This despatch, and the one following it, are printed at length in the Archivio Storico Lombardo, second series, vol. xvi, pages 27, 35.


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