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It appeareth also, that he flattered himself with hopes, that King Philip would permit unto him the government of Castile during his life; which he had laid his plot to work him unto, both by some counsellors of his about him, which Ferdinando had at his devotion, and chiefly by promise, that 5 in case Philip gave not way unto it, he would marry some young lady, whereby to put him by the succession of Aragon and Granada, in case he should have a son; and lastly, by representing unto him that the government of the Burgundians, till Philip were by continuance in Spain made as 10 natural of Spain, would not be endured by the Spaniards. But in all those things, though wisely laid down and considered, Ferdinando failed; but that Pluto was better to him than Pallas.
In the same report also, the ambassadors being mean 15 men, and therefore the more free, did strike upon a string which was somewhat dangerous ; for they declared plainly, that the people of Spain, both nobles and commons, were better affected unto the part of Philip, so he brought his wife with him, than to Ferdinando; and expressed the reason 20 to be, because he had imposed upon them many taxes and tallages ; which was the King's own case between him and
There was also in this report a declaration of an overture of marriage, which Amason the secretary of Ferdinando 25 had made unto the ambassadors in great secret, between Charles Prince of Castile and Mary the King's second daughter; assuring the King, that the treaty of marriage then on foot for the said Prince and the daughter of France, would break : and that she the said daughter of France 30 should be married to Angolesme, that was the heir apparent of France.
There was a touch also of a speech of marriage between
Ferdinando and Madame de Fois, a lady of the blood of France, which afterwards indeed succeeded. But this was reported as learned in France, and silenced in Spain.
The King by the return of this embassage, which gave 5 great light unto his affairs, was well instructed, and pre
pared how to carry himself between Ferdinando King of Aragon and Philip his son-in-law King of Castile ; resolving with himself to do all that in him lay, to keep them at one
within themselves; but howsoever that succeeded, by a modeto rate carriage, and bearing the person of a common friend, to
lose neither of their friendships; but yet to run a course more entire with the King of Aragon, but more laboured and officious with the King of Castile. But he was much taken
with the overture of marriage with his daughter Mary; both 15 because it was the greatest marriage of Christendom, and for that it took hold of both allies.
But to corroborate his alliance with Philip, the winds gave him an interview : for Philip choosing the winter sea
son, the better to surprise the King of Aragon, set forth 20 with a great navy out of Flanders for Spain, in the month
of January, the one and twentieth year of the King's reign. But himself was surprised with a cruel tempest, that scattered his ships upon the several coasts of England. And
the ship wherein the King and Queen were, with two other 25 small barks only, torn and in great peril, to escape the fury
of the weather thrust into Weymouth. King Philip himself, having not been used, as it seems, to sea, all wearied and extreme sick, would needs land to refresh his spirits, though
it was against the opinion of his council, doubting it might 30 breed delay, his occasions requiring celerity.
The rumour of the arrival of a puissant navy upon the coast, made the country arm. And Sir Thomas Trenchard, with forces suddenly raised, not knowing what the matter
might be, came to Weymouth. Where understanding the accident, he did in all humbleness and humanity invite the King and Queen to his house; and forthwith despatched posts to the court. Soon after came Sir John Carew likewise, with a great troop of men well armed; using the like 5 humbleness and respects towards the King, when he knew the case. King Philip doubting that they, being but subjects, durst not let him pass away again without the King's notice and leave, yielded to their intreaties to stay till they heard from the court. The King, as soon as he heard the 10 news, commanded presently the earl of Arundel to go to visit the King of Castile, and let him understand that as he was sorry for his mishap, so he was glad that he had escaped the danger of the seas, and likewise of the occasion himself had to do him honour; and desiring him to think himself 15 as in his own land; and that the King made all haste possible to come and embrace him. The earl came to him in great magnificence, with a brave troop of three hundred horse; and, for more state, came by torch-light. After he had done the King's message, King Philip seeing how the 20 world went, the sooner to get away, went upon speed to the King at Windsor, and his Queen followed by easy journeys. The two Kings at their meeting used all the caresses and loving demonstrations that were possible. And the King of Castile said pleasantly to the King, " that he was now pun- 25 “ished for that he would not come within his walled town “ of Calais, when they met last.” But the King answered, " that walls and seas were nothing where hearts were open; “and that he was here no otherwise but to be served.” After a day or two's refreshing, the Kings entered into 30 speech of renewing the treaty ; the King saying, that though King Philip's person were the same, yet his fortunes and state were raised : in which case a renovation of treaty was
used amongst Princes. But while these things were in handling, the King 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 5 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 hare10"brain wild fellow, my subject, the earl of Suffolk, who is pro
“tected 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 15 King replied, “those hornets were best in their nest, and
worst when they did fly abroad; and that his desire was “to have him delivered to him.” The King of Castile herewith a little confused, and in a study, said, “That can I “not do with my honour, and less with yours;
you will 20 “ be thought to have used me as a prisoner.” The King
presently said, “Then the matter is at an 'end : for 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 25 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
You shall have him, but, upon your honour, 30 "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,
“I to you.
"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 5 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 10 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 15 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. Meanwhile King Henry, to draw 20 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 25 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 30 their being here, they in substance concluded that treaty, which the Flemings term intercursus malus, and bears date at Windsor; for there be some things in it, more to the