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because, in discharge of our Obligations to the Encouragers of it, we have afforded them more Matter and a greater Number of Embellishments than is usually given, or might reasonably be expected.
In this Volume will be further seen what Use has been made of ancient Records, and other valuable Letters and Papers, many of which are
preserved in the Exchequer Record-office: And, as | to our taking so many large Quotations from the
inimitable Shakespear, we say, that, finding him so full of fine Imagery, in Relation to our CARDINAL, &c. we thought some of his Scenes would be no disagreeable Parts in our History.
We must own too, that we are particularly obliged to several worthy Gentlemen, who furnished us with Original Letters, or other Matters, made use of in the Course thereof; which leads us here to acquaint our Readers, that the CARDINAL had another Dignity in the Church, which had escaped us, till communicated by a Gentleman (while the Index to this Volume was printing off) in these Words,
To Mr. GROVE. SIR, A Mong the many Preferments, which Cardinal
Wolsey enjoyed, I do not find any of our Hiftorians mention that of the Deanry of Saint Stephens, Westminster. As you would probably take Occapon to mention this in your History, I give you tbe Trouble of this Letter. In
On the 3d of October, Anno 4to, Hen. 8. the King, by Letters Patents, granted the next Turn
in the Deanry of St. Stephens, to Richard Fox, Bishop of Winchester, and George, Earl of Shrewsbury, who, on the 18th of October, in the fame Year, presented Thomas Wulcy, the King's Almoner, and be was admitted and instituted into it by John, Abbot of Westminster.
This appears by an Entry in the Register, or Leafe-books, of the Church of Westminster. In the fame Book is a long Particular of the Ceremony * observed when Wolfey received his Cardinals Cap, and is thus intitled,
Forma Instructionis jam a Lxxv Annis, observat super Transmissione Capelli rubei & Annuli ad novem CARDINALEM.
26th of June,
I am, Sir, &c,
* See Vol. II. Pag. 290.
E RR A T A.
Line 6, for about Eighteen, read not Seventeen ; p. 17. 1. 13, f. 3d of Marcb, r. 3d of June,
Vol. III. Page 361, in the Note, Col. 2, Line 19, f. one Barnes, r. one Harness.
Vol. IV. Page 6, in the Note, Col. 1, 1. 20, f. on his own Horse, 1. to his own House; p. 10, in the Note, Col. 1, 1. 8, for Who thought, 5. Who little thought ; p. 15, 1, 2, f. Chency r. Cheney ; p. 51, in the Note, Col. 1, l. 16, f. Friends, r. Enemies; p. 80, in the Note, Col. 2, 1. 16, f. 1537, r. 1534 ; P. 160, 1, 21, f. Princess, 1. Princeffes ; p. 180, 1. 2, f. Philip te Vllth, r. the 11d; p. 184, in the Note, Col. 2, 1. 7. f. repose, r. repair ; p. 207, 1. 21, f. mute Mafters, r. Moot-masters; p 288, in the Note, Col. 2, 1. 2, f. 1741, 5. 1714. MEMOIRS, p. 20, f.
E concluded our Third Affairs of Spain,
Volume with taking France, England,
notice of a Conspiracy W
1526. against his Imperial Majesty and the Spanish Forces at Milan. The Beginning of the Year, 1526,
the Commendary Herara returned from Rome to Madrid, and brought Letters from Pope Clement the VIIth, written with his own Hand, to the Emperor, in which he laboured to clear himself of the Imputation of having any Hand in the Conspiracy, by laying the Fault fon the Marquis of Pescara, and Jerome Moreton; and entreated the Emperor to pardon Sforza, and restore him to his Dominions of Milan : But, says the Spanish Writers, “ the Emperor, knowing that the Duke would Vol. IV.
“ ascribe the Benefit of his Liberty to the Intercesion
only, made little Account of their fair Words.'
about this Time the captive King of France was brought to consent to the Restitution of Burgundy for the Sake of his Liberty, only insisting, that it could not be performed till fome Time after he was free, because the People would never deliver it whilst he was a Prisoner ; but, for Security of the Performance, he agreed to deliver his two eldest Sons as Hostages.
Though the Emperor thought good to take the Advice of his Council upon so important an Affair, yet, finding their Opinions so very different one from the other, as not to be reconciled, he refolved to release the King upon such Terms as could be had. Accordingly the Treaty was concluded and signed, on the 14th of January at Modrid, by which Peace and Amity seemingly was established between Charles the Vth and Francis the Ist. The chief Articles of which were,
“ That the King of France should marry Queen “ Eleanora, the Emperor's Sister, and have with her
200,000 Crowns in Gold.---That he should be set “ at Liberty on the roth of March, and then deliver « his two Sons as Hostages.
- That he should “resign to the Emperor the Dutchy of Burgundy in “ full Sovereignty.
That he should give up the “ Homage the Emperor owed for Flanders and Ara tois.- That he should renounce all Claim to Naples, “ Milan, - fti, Tournay, Lisle, Hesdin, &c. -That he “ should endeavour to persuade Henry d'Albert to re
sign the Kingdom of Navarre to the Emperor, or at “ least should give him no Asistance.----That within
40 Days he should restore the Duke of Bourbon, “ and all his Party to their Estates. That he Mould “ restore Philbert de Chalons, Prince of Orange, and “ Michael Antonio de Saluzzo to their Principality. 56. That he ihould give no sort of Asistance to the 6 Duke of Guelders, and, after that Prince's Death,
56 use his best Endeavours to cause his Towns to fall “ into the Emperor's Hands.—That he should pay the
King of England 500,000 Crowns which the Emperor
owed him.-That, when the Emperor should go to Italy, to receive the Imperial Crown, he « Thould send him 12 Gallies, four large Ships, and
a Land Army, or 200,000 Crowns instead of the “ Army. Lastly, he promised, upon the Word and « Honour of a Prince, to execute all these Articles, or to return Prisoner into Spain within fix Months.”
The Secret History of the CARDINAL,
by GEORGE CAVENDISH, Esq; his GentlemanUsher.
CH A P. XV. Of the King's Discovery of his Love to Mistress Anne Bulloigne to the Cardinal, with the Cardinal's Dislike, and also the Opinion of all learned Bishops in England, and foreign Universities.
FTER this be- ment in so weighty a Matter, gan new Matters
• but desired Leave of the King which troubled 1. to ak Counsel of Men of anthe Heads and • tient and famous Learning both
Imaginations of in divine and civil Laws. ' all the Court, wherewith all • Now this being obtained, he • their Stomachs were full, buć by his Legatine Authority sent
little Digestion, viz. the long- : ' out his Commissions for the • concealed Affection of the • Bishops of this Realm, who
King to Mistress Anne Bul. not long after assembled all at • loigne now break out, which his • Westminster before my Lord • Majesty disclosed to the Cardi- • Cardinal. And not only these 'nal, whose often Persuasions on · Prelates, but also the most • his knees took no Effect. I learned Men of both Univer
My Lord thereupon being firies, and some from divers Cacompelled to declare to his • thedral Colleges in this Realm, Majesty his Opinion and Wif- • who were thought fufficiently • dom in the Advancement of ( able to resolve this doubtful * the King's Desires, thought it • Question. • not safe for him to wade too "At this learned Assembly (far alone, or to give rafh Judg- was the King's Cafe consulted