Title:Henry VIII and Francis I [ Henry VIII's Counter Proposals]
1483. Henry VIII. and Francis I
As Mons. de Brion, admiral of France, now in England, has shown the King certain overtures made to Francis by the count of Nasso at his late being in France, to which he will give no answer without Henry's consent, and has also spoken of things proposed by Francis at their late interview, Henry replies as follows :--
1. The marriages proposed by Nasso on behalf of the Emperor, one between the Dauphin and lady Mary, the other between the Emperor's son and the French king's youngest daughter, proceed from the Emperor's malice, and are intended to dissolve the amity between the two kings. Henry doubts not that Francis will neither give ear to this overture nor lightly pass it over without considering that the Emperor is trying to dishonor him by causing him to violate his friendship with Henry.
2. As to Nasso's overture that the French king should have the duchy of Milan after the death of the present duke, and meanwhile have a tribute from the Emperor of 100,000 cr., and proposing an interview between the French queen and the regent of Hungary, the King cannot advise him to accept either of them. 3. Henry and the Admiral have talked of the overture made by Francis at the interview, that Henry should resign the title of king of France in exchange for Gravelines, Newporte, Dunkirk, the duke of Vendôme's lands in Flanders, with the title also of the duke of Lorraine to the dukedom of Brabant and the town of Antwerp. Henry reminds Francis how at the late interview he did not press him to make laws similar to his for the preservation of the rights and privileges of the realm against the bishop of Rome, and if the French king will obtain from the bishop of Rome a decision that the unjust and slanderous sentence given by the late bishop is void, he will be content to treat with him for renouncing the said title, and also for a marriage between the lady Elizabeth and the duke of Angoulesme.