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choosing a fit time, and drawing the King of Castile into a room, where they two only were private, and laying his hand civilly upon his arm, and changing his countenance a little from a countenance of entertainment, said to him, “ Sir, you have been saved
upon my coast, I hope you will not suffer me to “ wreck upon yours.” The King of Castile asked him what he meant by that speech ? “I mean it,” saith the king, “ by that same harebrain wild fellow,
my subject, the Earl of Suffolk, who is protected “ in your country, and begins to play the fool, when “ all others are weary of it." The King of Castile answered, “ I had thought, sir, your felicity had “ been above those thoughts ; but, if it trouble you, “ I will banish him." The king replied, “ Those “ hornets were best in their nest, and worst “ when they did fly abroad ; and that his de« sire was to have him delivered to him." The King of Castile, herewith a little confused, and in a study, said, 6. That can I not do with my “honour, and less with yours; for you will be “ thought to have used me as a prisoner.” The king presently said, “ Then the matter is at end, for 6. I will take that dishonour upon me, and so your “ honour is saved.” The King of Castile, who had the king in great estimation, and besides remembered where he was, and knew not what use he might have of the king's amity, for that himself was new in his estate of Spain, and unsettled both with his father-in-law and with his people, composing his countenance, said, “ Sir, you give law to me, but
so will I to you. You shall have him, but, upon
your honour, you shall not take his life.” The king embracing him said, “ Agreed.” Saith the king of Castile, “ Neither shall it dislike you, if I send “ to him in such a fashion, as he may partly come “ with his own good will.” The king said, “ It was “ well thought of; and if it pleased him, he would
join with him, in sending to the earl a message “ to that purpose.” They both sent severally, and mean while they continued feasting and pastimes. The king being, on his part, willing to have the earl sure before the King of Castile went; and the King of Castile being as willing to seem to be enforced. The king also, with many wise and excellent persuasions, did advise the King of Castile to be ruled by the counsel of his father-in-law Ferdinando ; a prince so prudent, so experienced, so fortunate. The King of Castile, who was in no very good terms with his said father-in-law, answered, “ That if his “ father-in-law would suffer him to govern his kingdoms, he should govern him.”
There were immediately messengers sent from both kings to recall the Earl of Suffolk; who, upon gentle words used to him, was soon charmed, and willing enough to return; assured of his life, and hoping of his liberty. He was brought through Flanders to Calais, and thence landed at Dover, and with sufficient guard delivered and received at the Tower of London. Mean while King Henry, to draw out the time, continued his feastings and entertainments, and after he had received the King of Castile into the fraternity of the Garter, and for a reciprocal had his son the prince admitted to the order of the Golden Fleece, he accompanied King Philip and his queen to the city of London, where they were entertained with the greatest magnificence and triumph, that could be upon no greater warning. And as soon as the Earl of Suffolk had been conveyed to the Tower, which was the serious part, the jollities had an end, and the kings took leave. Nevertheless during their being here, they in substance concluded that treaty, which the Flemings term “intercursus malus,” and bears date at Windsor; for that there be some things in it, more to the advantage of the English than of them; especially, for that the free-fishing of the Dutch upon the coasts and seas of England, granted in the treaty of “ un“ decimo," was not by this treaty confirmed. All articles that confirm former treaties being precisely and warily limited and confirmed to matter of commerce only, and not otherwise.
It was observed, that the great tempest which drave Philip into England, blew down the golden eagle from the spire of Pauls, and in the fall it fell upon a sign of the black eagle, which was in Pauls church-yard, in the place where the school-house now standeth, and battered it, and brake it down : which was a strange stooping of a hawk upon a fowl. This the people interpreted to be an ominous prognostic
upon the imperial house, which was, by interpretation also, fulfilled upon Philip, the emperor's son, not only in the present disaster of the tempest,
but in that that followed. For Philip arriving into Spain, and attaining the possession of the kingdom of Castile without resistance, insomuch as Ferdinando, who had spoke so great before, was with difficulty admitted to the speech of his son-in-law, sickened soon after, and deceased. Yet after such time, as there was an observation by the wisest of that court, that if he had lived, his father would have gained upon him in that sort, as he would have governed his councils and designs, if not his affections. By this all Spain returned into the power of Ferdinando in state as it was before; the rather, in regard of the infirmity of Joan his daughter, who loving her husband, by whom she had many children, dearly well, and no less beloved of him, howsoever her father, to make Philip ill-beloved of the people of Spain, gave out that Philip used her not well, was unable in strength of mind to bear the grief of his decease, and fell distracted of her wits. Of which malady her father was thought no ways to endeavour the cure, the better to hold his regal power in Castile. So that as the felicity of Charles the Eighth was said to be a dream; so the adversity of Ferdinando was said likewise to be a dream, it passed over
About this time the king was desirous to bring into the house of Lancaster celestial honour, and became suitor to Pope Julius, to canonize King Henry the Sixth for a saint, the rather, in respect of that his famous prediction of the king's own assumption to the crown.
Julius referred the matter, as
the manner is, to certain cardinals, to take the verification of his holy acts and miracles : but it died under the reference. The general opinion was, that Pope Julius was too dear, and that the king would not come to his rates. But it is more probable, that that
pope, who was extremely jealous of the dignity of the see of Rome, and of the acts thereof, knowing that King Henry the Sixth was reputed in the world abroad but for a simple man, was afraid it would but diminish the estimation of that kind of honour, if there were not a distance kept between innocents and saints.
The same year likewise there proceeded a treaty of marriage between the king and the Lady Margaret, Duchess Dowager of Savoy, only daughter to Maximilian, and sister to the King of Castile ; a lady wise, and of great good fame. This matter had been in speech between the two kings at their meeting, but was soon after resumed; and therein was employed for his first piece the king's then chaplain, and after the great prelate, Thomas Wolsey. It was in the end concluded, with great and ample conditions for the king, but with promise de futuro only. It may be the king was the rather induced
. unto it, for that he had heard more and more of the marriage to go on between his great friend and ally Ferdinando of Arragon, and Madame de Fois, whereby that king began to piece with the French king, from whom he had been always before severed. So fatal a thing it is, for the greatest and straitest amities of kings at one time or other, to have a little