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Letter #1118

Cornelis DE SCHEPPER to Ioannes DANTISCUS
Prague, 1534-02-13

English register:

Since his letter from Vienna, De Schepper has received two letters from Dantiscus. The letter of 14 October 1533 reached him on 21 December in Monz├│n. The one of 11 January 1534 he found on his return from Spain in Prague on 5 February 1534.

De Schepper successively responds to both letters. He is grateful for Dantiscus' congratulations on his safe return from Constantinople. He needs to keep his reply brief because the next day he is leaving again for Constantinople. During his short stay in Spain he was unable to carry out Dantiscus' commission concerning Isope [Isabel Delgada] and Juana [Dantisca], but Godschalck Ericksen will ensure that everything is arranged via the Welsers. The most appropriate intermediary among the Welsers in Spain is no longer Ulrich Ehinger, but Hieronymus Sailer. Juana will travel on the first fleet after the winter, and will be received by De Schepper's wife [Elisabeth Donche] in Bruges before sailing to Prussia. He himself returned from Spain to Germany through Burgundy. Hieronymus Sailer had already been informed of Dantiscus' request by the WelsersÔÇÖ factor [Albrecht Cuon]. Therefore Dantiscus can be assured that everything will go smoothly.

In his second letter Dantiscus reported that he had been informed by the Archbishop-Elect of Lund [Johan Weze] that De Schepper had sent him a letter after his return from Turkey. De Schepper confirms that he entrusted this letter to Karl Koczer, along with his letters to the Queen of Poland [Bona Sforza], the Bishop of Przemy┼Ťl Jan Choje┼äski and Count Jan Tarnowski. When asked for an explanation why the letter to Dantiscus had not reached its destination, Koczer assured him that he had sent it to Thorn, as he should have done. De Schepper therefore suspects that his letter was intercepted, and can only condemn this practice. Anyway, the letter contained nothing that was untrue or inappropriate.

The Archbishop's of Lund news about the reward received by De Schepper from the King of the Romans [Ferdinand I] is correct. The Emperor [Charles V] himself showed his appreciation by appointing him [supernumerary] member of the Privy Council of Queen Mary [of Hungary]. He stresses that he does not aspire to great fortune and is satisfied with what he can achieve. He is grateful to Dantiscus for his friendliness. He was only able to spend a few days in Bruges with his infant son [Cornelis jr.] and his wife.

When he returns safely from his forthcoming mission he wants to retire, but without deserting his princes or homeland. Then he will write more frequently to Dantiscus. Before his return from Constantinople it will be impossible to write, but his thoughts will be with his family and with Dantiscus. Dantiscus can count on De Schepper for transferring his daughter Juana to Antwerp.

He responds to Dantiscus' news about Lübeck and the shipwreck of the Netherlandish merchant fleet. According to the report of the Amsterdam merchant Pompeius Occo to the Archbishop of Lund, only a few ships have perished. The vast majority of the Dutch ships have safely returned to port, carrying a huge load of grain from Gdańsk.

The Emperor stayed in Monz├│n with the delegates of the Kingdoms of Aragon, Valencia and Catalonia until 30 December. He used his time to set things right in these Kingdoms and attained the desired result. The three Kingdoms voluntarily donated 600,000 ducats to him. The Emperor managed to settle numerous private conflicts and also some Inquisition issues, and clamped down on the private wars among noblemen. After having assisted at the closing session of the Cortes, the Emperor left for Zaragoza, where on 31 December he joined the Empress [Isabella of Portugal], who is pregnant.

De Schepper left on January 1 from Monz├│n. In Bellpuig he met the Lord of Nassau [Hendrik III of Nassau-Breda] with his wife the Marchioness [Menc├şa de Mendoza]. When travelling through France their escort exceeded that of the French King [Francis I] himself. The latter was returning from Marseille where the marriage had been celebrated between his second son, the Duke of Orleans [Henry II of Valois], and the grandniece [Catherine de' Medici] of the Pope [Clement VII], both barely 14 years old. In order to prevent his cousin from being sent back, as once happened to Margaret of Austria, the Pope and the King were eyewitnesses to the actual consummation of the marriage. The stipulations of the agreement between Pope and King were not disclosed, but it can be assumed that the Pope wants the Duke of Orleans to be the ruler of Italy. His first move is to induce the French King to claim the Duchy of Urbino for his son, as part of the dowry. The Pope is also willing to cede other Italian cities. De Schepper wonders what the reaction of the Emperor will be.

In Germany there was a meeting of the envoys of the Swabian League. Young Christoph of W├╝rttemberg strives to regain his right of succession to his Duchy.

In the Indies [America] large gold deposits have been discovered. The first cargo that has arrived is just the prelude to even greater riches. The Emperor is entitled to one fifth of the revenue.

Dantiscus' Spanish friends were relieved when the rumour of his death was dispelled. In Bohemia only the Count [Leonardus] de Nogarola and Ji┼Öi ┼Żabka are left. De SchepperÔÇÖs letter is accompanied by a letter from Petrus [Mirabilis], Dantiscus' former steward, who is now in the service of [Nicolas Perrenot de] Granvelle.

De Schepper is pleased that Campensis will be able to devote himself to his studies. He sends Dantiscus a copy of the Lyon edition of his Paraphrasis. As he is approaching such a difficult enterprise, he recommends himself to Dantiscus' prayers. He conveys greetings to Dantiscus' family and promises that his colleague the Archbishop of Lund will look after the affairs of Dantiscus' brother-in-law [Johann Reyneck] during his absence. The next day he leaves for Constantinople; he will meet Alvise Gritti en route.


            received [1534]-03-24

Manuscript sources:
1fair copy in Latin, autograph, UUB, H. 154, f. 125-126
2copy in Latin, 18th-century, LSB, BR 19, No. 23
3copy in Latin, 18th-century, SUB, Sup. Ep. 4041, No. 15, f. 14r-16r
4copy in Latin, 18th-century, SBB, MS Lat. Quart. 101, No. 14, f. 41v-47r
5copy in Latin, 18th-century, SLUB, C 110, f. 57r-65r
6copy in Latin, 18th-century, BCz, 1366, p. 112-124
7copy in Latin, 18th-century, B. Ossol., 151, f. 17v-19v
8copy in Latin, 18th-century, BCz, 50 (TN), No. 46, p. 143-152
9register with excerpt in Latin, English, 20th-century, CBKUL, R.III, 30, No. 84

Early printed source materials:
1Monumenta inedita p. 432-435 (in extenso)

Prints:
1HÄPKE p. 157-158, footnote 5 (excerpt)
2AT 16/1 No. 102, p. 209-216 (in extenso; Polish register)
3DE VOCHT 1961 No. DE, 272, p. 196 (English register)
4Espa├▒oles part II, No. 76, p. 248-251 (excerpt in Spanish translation)
5Espa├▒oles part IIIB, No. 13, p. 325-326 (excerpt in Spanish translation)
6CEID 2/2 (Letter No. 58) p. 271-282 (in extenso; English register)
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