Title: The Bailly Of Troyes to [Montmorency], the Grand Master
[Henry VIII's frustration and growing anger with Francis over the marriage of Catherine Medici to Francis's son]
1404. The Bailly Of Troyes to [Montmorency], the Grand Master.
Has received no letter from the King or the Grand Master since writing six days ago. Is surprised, as the king of England says that his ambassadors write that the King has sent something to be communicated to him.
The conversation mentioned in his last letter took place while walking with the King from his chamber to his chapel. He tried to make out that the Bailly's instructions were to the effect that the King would never perform the marriage of the duke of Orleans unless the Pope would decide Henry's affair as he wished.
Would not acknowledge that he had ever heard of such a thing, and offered to show him the instructions. He then said that although the Bailly had never mentioned it, Francis had promised it at Calais, both to him and the Queen.
As he knelt before the altar he said that if this marriage took place without the Pope doing anything for him, he would not have great cause to esteem his friendship with Francis.
While he was at mass, went to the duke of Norfolk's chamber to dispatch the letters to Francis and Montmorency, as the courier was waiting for them. Was unable to see the King again after mass, but spoke fully on the subject to the Duke. Said that Henry pressed Francis wonderfully, though he was taking more trouble in this matter than he did for the deliverance of himself or his children ; and that if he knew that his trouble and expense were so ill requited by the King, he would be much vexed.
Begged the Duke and the principal members of the Council to show this to the King, and to tell him that it is easy to trouble a friend by importunity. Said that if they were good advisers of their King, they would wish Francis to be friendly with the Pope ; for if he declares himself his enemy as the king of England wishes him to do, without reason, his Holiness would entirely give himself over to the Emperor.
Norfolk and others of the Council agree with this. He says the King is so troubled in his brain about this matter that he does not trust any one alive ; and though he himself is one of the chief persons in whom he trusts, both the King and the Queen often suspect him. Believes there are many persons here, even among the principal people, who would be very sorry if the Pope had given sentence against the late Queen, for this one and all her family are little beloved.
Hears that Castillon is at sea. Hopes to present him to the King on Sunday, and to take leave. Will speak to the King about what he has mentioned already, as the Council would not dare to speak as boldly as he would.
Will write about the answer he receives from the King when at Boulogne. London, 7 Nov. 1533