Henry VIII,the Reign
(1.) The contracting parties to be henceforth friends of friends, and enemies of enemies, and the league to include not only the present but the future possessions of each.
(2.) As the Emperor requires to go to Spain to obtain forces and money, the sinews of war, he shall make his journey thither by the end of February next, and signify his determination a month before to the king of England, concerning the invasion of France, in which case England will undertake to guard the Channel with a sufficient fleet and at least 3,000 men, that his Majesty may cross to Dover or Sandwich, where he shall have free passage with all possible honor, and the king of England will meet him and conduct him to Falmouth. Meanwhile the English fleet will conduct the Emperor's from Zealand to Falmouth, where the king of England will have the same ships ready before the Emperor's coming, to conduct him to Spain, when the business between the two princes has been transacted in presence of the papal ministers. The king of England to furnish, if the Emperor desire it, one ship for his Majesty's special use, and others for his nobles; and vice versâ, when the king of England crosses to Calais on the expedition against the French, the Emperor shall furnish him with ships or hoys (haenes) for transporting his army, on requisition being made to himself or Margaret of Savoy.
(3.) The contracting parties to declare themselves open enemies to the king of France in March 1523, and make war upon him by land and sea, viz., the Pope and Emperor together in Italy, for the expulsion of the French before the 15th of May in that year, the Pope using the spiritual arm only, but the Emperor furnishing 10,000 horse and 30,000 foot; and at the same time all the Emperor's dominions in Belgium, Flanders, &c. shall make war upon the French. The king of England likewise shall cross the sea in person before that date, and invade France with 10,000 horse and 30,000 foot, part of which he may hire from the Emperor.
(4.) The Emperor and the king of England each to furnish a naval force with 3,000 men, to make war upon France by sea; which number shall be kept up, and not diminished except by mutual consent.
(5.) If by the beginning of November next, war has not ceased or been renewed between the Pope, Emperor and French king, the king of England shall be bound, without waiting the term already agreed upon, to declare himself enemy to the French king. He shall do the same, if war shall be renewed by the French, after the passage of the Emperor to Spain; on which the fleet prepared by England for the Emperor's voyage, along with an equal fleet supplied by the Emperor as soon as he reaches Spain, shall be employed against France, and never enter port except for warlike purposes, unless driven by stress of weather.
(6.) When these enterprises have been set on foot against the French, the Pope shall issue ecclesiastical censures, lay the whole of France under interdict, and withdraw all the honours and prerogatives which the French have hitherto held of the Church of Rome.
(7.) The Emperor and England shall be protectors of the Pope and of the house of Medici, especially of the cardinal de Medici.
(8.) The Swiss shall be included on behalf of all the allies, and a new league made with them confirming the former ones; each confederate advancing on the commencement of the war such sum as shall be mutually agreed upon for their support; for which purpose each power shall send an ambassador to Zurich.
(9.) The Emperor and the king of England shall do their utmost to put down heresy, and reform abuses in spiritual things, in such lands as they may conquer in France.
(10.) These things done, it shall be lawful for the Pope, Emperor and king of England to turn their arms against the enemies of the Christian faith.
(11.) No league to be made by any of the Powers to the prejudice of this league. The Pope shall, before the ratification of this league, grant dispensations for the marriage between the Emperor and the king of England's daughter Mary, notwithstanding the espousals already made between the Emperor and the French king's daughter, and between Mary and the Dauphin.
(12.) This treaty to be kept secret from all, except the secret councillors of the contracting parties.
(13.) When the Pope has ratified these articles, the Emperor and England to do the same.
The above articles agreed to, subject to the approval of the Pope, at Bruges, 25 Aug. 1521.
Signed by Wolsey and Margaret of Savoy.