Venice
September 1520

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'Venice: September 1520', Calendar of State Papers Relating to English Affairs in the Archives of Venice, Volume 3: 1520-1526 (1869), pp. 85-89. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=94326 Date accessed: 26 October 2014.


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September 1520

Sept. 6. Sanuto Diaries, v. xxix. p. 259. 117. Antonio Surian, Venetian Ambassador in England, to the Signory.
Had received the orders from the Signory to thank Cardinal Wolsey for his good offices at the royal interviews, and to tell him that the carpets had been forwarded. The Cardinal was expected there on the morrow, and he would speak to him.
An English ambassador was on his way to France, to dissuade King Francis from going into Italy to confer with the Pope at Bologna. This ambassador is “Monsignor il Balij de Can,” (fn. 1) who was ambassador in France heretofore, and now returns in order to persuade the King not to go [into Italy], because it would instigate the King of the Romans, when holding this present diet in Germany with the electors of the Empire, to wage war; wherefore it would be well to remain at peace. Cardinal Wolsey has written to King Francis to this effect. The Papal nuncio in England knows nothing about this journey.
San . . ., 6th September. Registered by Sanuto, 8th October.
[Italian.]
Sept. 7. Sanuto Diaries, v. xxix. p. 259. 118. The Same to the Same.
Had thanked Cardinal Wolsey for his good offices. Concerning the carpets, the Cardinal inquired how many there were, and said he would always serve the Signory. The Cardinal said the King had sent an ambassador [Dr. Cuthbert Tunstall, Master of the Rolls,] to the Diet at Aix-la-Chapelle, for the maintenance of the peace with the most Christian King and the Signory, and in order that the negotiations on foot may be concluded. Also, that the most Christian King would do wrong to go into Italy, as he would thus cause war, and the Switzers were not with him. Also, that if the carpets had arrived at Antwerp, there would be orders exempting them from payment of duties.
Dated the 7th September. Registered by Sanuto, 8th October.
[Italian.]
Sept. 7. Sanuto Diaries, v. xxix. p. 155. 119. Report of France made in the Senate by Antonio Giustinian, returned from his embassy to Francis I.
The King of France, since this last interview, is on such loving terms with the King of England that he does not suppose there is any service in the world which the King of England would refuse him. King Henry told him that should he die without male heirs he meant to leave him the regency of England, as it belonged to the Princess Mary, who had been married to the Dauphin.
The King of France maintains no friendship whatever with the Emperor, who has made him many proposals, which he declined, saying that when the Emperor went to Spain, he (King Francis) showed him all favour, and was afterwards ill treated, the Emperor neither observing the articles of the treaty of Noyon, nor surrendering Navarre, as bound thereby. The character of the Emperor is not such as entitles him to much consideration, as he is ruled by Mons. de Chievres. These sovereigns are not at peace; they adapt themselves to circumstances, but hate each other very cordially.
Registered by Sanuto, 7th September.
[Italian.]
Sept. 11. Patti Sciolti, No. 62 (nero). 120. Henry VIII.
Royal licence for the galley, Nicolò Trevisan master, to convey to the western parts beyond seas, from the port of London, 46 sacks and 20 cloves of wool in 43 packs, shipped by Bortolomeo Marcadello, merchant, of Venice, an alien.
Item, 46½ sacks and 23½ cloves of wool in 44 packs, shipped by Pancrazio Capello, merchant, of Venice, an alien.
Item, 60 sacks and 12 cloves of wool in 56 packs, shipped by Giovanni Meravile, merchant, of Venice, an alien.
Item, 23½ sacks and 17 cloves of wool in 22 packs, shipped by Paolo Meliano, merchant, of Venice, an alien.
Item, 30 sacks and 24 cloves of wool in 28 packs, shipped by Lodovico Trevisan, merchant, of Venice, an alien.
Item, 28½ sacks and 24 cloves of wool in 27 packs, shipped by Andrea Nicolo de Molin, merchant, of Venice, an alien.
Item, 8½ sacks and 13 cloves of wool in 9 packs, shipped by Alessandro Alberto, merchant, of Florence, an alien.
Item, 8½ sacks and 17 cloves of wool in 8 packs, shipped by Andrea Giustinian, merchant, of Venice, an alien.
Item, 2½ sacks and 17 cloves of wool in 3 packs, shipped by Filippo Alberto, merchant, of Florence, an alien.
Item, 8 sacks and 12 cloves of wool in 8 packs, shipped by Lodovico Valaresso, merchant, of Venice, an alien.
Item, 5 sacks and 18 cloves of wool in 5 packs, shipped by Giorgio Capello, merchant, of Venice, an alien.
Item, 4 sacks and 1 clove of wool in 4 packs, shipped by Francesco Trevisan, merchant, of Venice, an alien.
Item, 17 cloves of wool in one pack, shipped by Antonio de Venia (sic) [Venier ?], merchant, of Venice, an alien.
Item 70 . . . . . tanned hides shipped by Nicolo Trevisan, mrechant, of Venice, an alien.
Received at the hands of Henry Barton and Walter Gawtron, collectors of the customs in the port of London, 11 September, 12 Henry VIII.
[Latin, 13 lines. Parchment. Original, with pendent seal of green wax.]
Sept. 11. Sanuto Diaries, v. xxix. p. 259. 121. Antonio Surian, Venetian Ambassador in England, to the Signory.
The King means to fortify Calais, and the most Christian King has sent to do the like at Ardres.
This proceeding seems strange to these English, and they take it much amiss, saying it is no mark of friendship,—that within the last 100 years no fortifications had been raised at Ardres, and that according to ancient treaties it is forbidden to raise any.
The English are dissatisfied, and Cardinal Wolsey has complained to the French ambassador here; and it is believed that King Francis will not build any more walls, but only excavate the ditches.
Dr. Tunstall (el Dotor Tunstallo), the ambassador accredited to to the most Christian King (fn. 2) for this purpose, departs tomorrow.
Requests the Senate to elect his successor, that he may return home.
London, 11th September. Registered by Sanuto, 8th October.
[Italian.]
Sept. 18. Sanuto Diaries, v. xxix. pp. 182, 183. 122. Alvise Gradenigo, Venetian Ambassador at Rome, to the Doge and Signory.
The Pope in Consistory proposed to make three cardinals, viz., the Bishop of Toulouse for France, the Bishop [of Worcester] De Giglis for England, and the Bishop of Liege for Spain. Toulouse alone was appointed. The other two were rejected by the Cardinals, who however gave his Holiness liberty to propose and elect two others in their stead, one for the Emperor, and the other for England.
Rome, 18th September. Registered by Sanuto, 21st September.
[Italian.]
Sept. 19. Sanuto Diaries, v. xxix. p. 276. 123. Antonio Surian, Venetian Ambassador in England to the Signory.
The plague being very rife in-[Westminster ?], where the King was, his Majesty went to Richmond, and would remain there until the plague ceased in London. His Majesty is in good health.
Had been given to understand by the French ambassador [Marigny] that the Emperor's ambassadors [Bernard de Mesa, Bishop of Elna and Tripoli, and Gerard de Pleine, Sieur de la Roche,] are endeavouring to induce King Henry to accede to their wishes, but his Majesty is firm in maintaining his friendship with the most Christian King.
London, 19th September.
In date of the 20th.—Had been informed by the French ambassador that the King of France had written to the King of England that the Provost [of Utrecht], Dom Philibert, the Emperor's ambassador, had urged him, King Francis, to renounce his alliance with the Signory and the Duke of Guelders, in which case the Emperor and France would be of one mind; and that he (King Francis) refused his consent. Thereupon King Henry sent for the Emperor's ambassadors, and told them their master did wrong to negotiate such matters, which would cause war amongst Christians; and commended the reply of King Francis. To this the Emperor's ambassadors replied that Dom. Philibert made the proposal of his own accord, and not by commission from the Emperor.
The French ambassador requested him (Surian) to keep this secret, and he purposed doing so; nevertheless, on the arrival of Cardinal Wolsey in London, as expected next Saturday, would endeavour adroitly to speak to him thereon.
Registered by Sanuto, 15th October.
[Italian.]
Sept. 24. Sanuto Diaries, v. xxix. p. 260. 124. Zuan Badoer, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Doge and Signory.
Conversed with the King at St. Germain; told him of the disturbances in Spain, and that the Emperor had complained to the Venetian ambassador that the offers made by his Imperial Majesty to the Signory had been communicated to his most Christian Majesty. The King said, “They cannot suppose it, nor will all their artifices break the friendship and alliance between France and Venice, and they will not gain anything.”
He (Badoer) understands that the ambassador from the King of England, the Bailly of Caen, is come to his Majesty to dissuade him from going into Italy at present; and with regard to fortifying Ardres, which has been given to Mons. de Chatillon, he [the King of France ?] said nothing further would be done, nor enmity with the King of England arise thence.
Poissi, 24th September. Registered by Sanuto, 8th October.
[Italian.]
Sept. 25. Sanuto Diaries, v. xxix. p. 275. 125. Giovanni Badoer, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Signory.
The King has despatched Mons. de Montmorency, jun., as his ambassador to England, he having experience of the country and being in favour with the King.
Poissi, 25th September. Registered by Sanuto, 15th October.
[Italian.]
Sept. 28. Sanuto Diaries, v. xxix. p. 275. 126. Giovanni Badoer, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Signory.
King Francis had sent Mons. de Montmorency to England to announce to King Henry his departure for Italy, recommending to him the kingdom of France, where he should leave a garrison of 500 (sic) men-at-arms, and 50,000 infantry.
Dated 28th September. Registered by Sanuto, 15th October.
In date of the 29th confirms the departure for England of Mons. de Montmorency.
[Italian.]
Sept. 29. Senato Mar, v. xix. p. 153. 127. The London Factory.
Motion made for the proveditors of the factories of Damascus, Alexandria, and London to sit in the Senate, as usual, until Michaelmas 1521.
Ayes, 153. Noes, 44. Neutrals, 1.
[Italian, 7 lines.]

Footnotes

1 The Bailly of Caen. He had been despatched by Francis I. to Henry VIII., in August 1520, “to hear news of him,” and on his return was commissioned by Henry to deliver a message of great importance. (See Mr. Brewer's Calendar, vol. iii. nos. 937 and 960.)
2 Tunstall was not sent to France at this time, but to the Emperor. (See Mr. Brewer's Calendar, vol. iii. nos. 969, 984). Surian has evidently confounded Tunstall's mission with that of the Bailly of Caen