RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
LevelFile
Alt Ref NoMS 249
Extenti, 519 ff.
TitleMISCELLANY
Datec.1600
DescriptionCollection of texts, mainly Italian, on the Roman Catholic Church, the Papacy, European politics and diplomacy in the 16th century.

ff. i, 1-238. Originally a separate volume, with its own table of contents at f. i recto, containing 14 items written in a single hand:
ff. 1r-6v. Item 1. 'Discorso del R.mo de Gambara alla S.ta di Papa Paolo Terzo'. A discourse by Uberto Gambara (1489-1549), Bishop of Tortona and Cardinal, to Alessandro Farnese, Pope Paul III (Pope 1534-49), concerning European politics and urging the house of Farnese to ally itself with the Emperor. Begins: 'Considerando bene tutto lo stato presente...'. Another copy is British Library Add. MS. 8280, ff. 255-260 discourse by Uberto Gambara urging Paul III to form an alliance with the Emperor, 1539.
ff. 7r-18r. Item 2. 'Essortatione efficacissima alli Principi Christiani contra gli Infideli'. Begins: 'Spesse volte me sono fra me stesso maravigliato signori eccellentissimi....' Urges action against the Turks. n.d.
ff. 19r-40r. Item 3. 'Scrittura contra il conseglio del Salvago al Cardinale Farnese'. Begins: 'Gia sapete Monsignor mio che passo l'altra sera in casa nostra...' A response to a discourse by Gabriele Selvago concerning the conclave of 1549-50. Candidates at this conclave included Reginald Pole, afterwards Archbishop of Canterbury.
ff. 41r-56v. Item 4. 'Consideratione overo discorso intorno a quello che si deve fare nella sede vacante'. Concerns the conclave of 1549-50. Begins: 'la S.ria V[ostra] mi domanda quello ch'io senta della seconda scrittura che e uscita fuori per ammaestramento della elettione del Papa nella sede vacante'. Another copy is in British Library Add. MS. 48072, ff. 96-109b, catalogued as a commentary on two treatises on conclaves by Giovanni Francesco Lottini and Felice Gualtieri.
ff. 57-59. blank.
ff. 60r-64v. Item 5. 'Parer del Gran' Cosmo di Medici Gran Duca di Toscana sopra la corte di Roma'. Begins: 'Ragionando il Gran Duca di Toscana Cosmo di Medici con il Principe suo figliuolo...'. A dicourse on the Court of Rome attributed to Cosimo I de' Medici (1519-1574) who became Grand Duke of Tuscany in 1569.
f. 65. blank.
ff. 66r-85r. Item 6. 'Discorso del signor Fabio Albergati sopra la fortificatione di Castello franco'. Begins: 'Poiche nel passar ch'io feci questa quadragesema ...' A discourse by Fabio Albergati (1538-1606) on the fortification of Castelfranco Emilia. Another copy is in Milan, Biblioteca Ambrosiana, MS. D.181inf, ff. 38r-45v. Cf. Tommaso Scalesse, 'Un discorso di Fabio Albergati sul fortificare Castelfranco', in 'Opus, Quaderno di Storia, Architettura, Restauro', 2, 1990, pp. 89-98.
ff. 86r-95v. Item 7. 'Discorso nel passaggio del Re di Francia per Italia al suo regno di Francia di Monsignor Terracina.' Addressed to Pope Gregory XIII (Pope 1572-85). Begins: 'Non hebbe principio la depravata opinione dell' empio setta ugonotta...'. Concerns the accession of Henry III to the throne of France in 1574; Henry travelled from Poland to France via Italy on his accession. Published in the 'Tesoro Politico', a collection of political and diplomatic texts: 'La terza parte del Tesoro Politico' (Turnoni [a false imprint], 1605), p. 144 onwards.
ff. 96r-114v. Item 8. 'Discorso sopra la nuova elettione da farsi del Re di Pollonia'. Begins : 'La coniettura di tutte le elettioni le quali dependono dal voto libero...'. Written after the death in 1572 of King Sigismund August (described at f. 97r as 'poco fa morto'), when the monarchy of Poland became elective.
f. 115. blank.
ff. 116r-127v. Item 9. 'Discorso della militia del Signor Giulio Cesare Brancatio gentilhuomo napolitano fatto in Venetia alli xx di Genaro 1572'. A tract on warfare by Giulio Cesare Brancaccio (1515-1586), 1572. Begins: 'Tutta la guerra consiste in tre parti principali'. Other copies of the work are in British Library Add. MS. 8808, ff. 8-16, Vatican Library, Vat. It. 2597 and Milan, Bibl. Ambrosiana, MS. R. 105. See C. Promis, 'Gl'ingegneri militari che operarono o scrissero in Piemonte dall'anno 1300 all'anno 1650', in Miscellanea di storia italiana, xii (Turin, 1871), pp. 435-437; see also B. Croce, 'Un capitano italiano del Cinquecento. Giulio Cesare Brancaccio', in Varietà di storia letteraria e civile, s. i (Bari, 1935), pp. 57-78, mentioning the treatise on p. 71; Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, 13 (Rome, 1971), pp. 780-784.
ff. 128r-191r. Item 10. 'Discorso circa la mirabile riformatione di Sta Chiesa et della conversione de gli infideli sopra alcune profetie'.
Begins: 'Prima si dira se doppo l'avvenimento di Giesu Christo...'. Includes prophecies of St. Nicholas of Tolentino, or San Nicola da Tolentino (c.1246-1306).
ff. 192r-213r. Item 11. 'Discorso del Cavalier Salviati all'eccellentissimo Signor Giacomo Buoncompagni suo signore'. Begins: 'Coloro che negano, eccellentissimo signor mio, il Re Cattolico con isperienza di vittoria poter far hoggi questa impresa di Fiandra...'. The King is Philip II of Spain. The dedicatee is probably Giacomo Boncompagni (1548-1612), son of Gregory XIII and Duke of Sora.
ff. 214r-220r. Item 12. 'Discorso del Signor don Scipio di Castro sopra l'andata del Principe Matthia d'Austria in Fiandra'. Dated Rome, 3 September 1577. A text by Scipio di Castro (c.1521-1583) concerning Matthias of Austria (1557-1619), afterwards Emperor. Published in the 'Tesoro Politico', a collection of political and diplomatic texts: 'La terza parte del Tesoro Politico' (Turnoni [a false imprint], 1605), p. 128 onwards. The autograph manuscript and copies are in Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Boncompagni D10, ff. 329r-342v.
f. 221. blank.
ff. 222r-227r. Item 13. 'Discorso del Signor don Scipio di Castro sopra l'andata del Duca d'Alanson in Fiandra'. Concerns Francois, Duke of Anjou and Alencon (1555-1584). Published in the 'Tesoro Politico', a collection of political and diplomatic texts: 'La terza parte del Tesoro Politico' (Turnoni [a false imprint], 1605), p. 137 onwards. Scipio di Castro's copy with autograph corrections is in Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Boncompagni D10, ff. 359r-363v. Another copy is in British Library Add MS. 16493, ff. 251-260.
ff. 228r-237v. Item 14. 'Accordo, lega fatta tra ...' An agreement between Francois, Duke of Anjou and Alencon (1555-1584) and the Flemish. 20 August 1578. In 1579 he was invited to become sovereign of the United Provinces.
f. 238. blank.

ff. 239-332. Originally a separate volume, with original foliation 1-87 and its own table of contents at f. 239r, containing 6 items, written in a single hand:
f. 239r. Table of contents.
f. 240. blank.
ff. 241r-243v. 'Proposta fatta per nome del Christianissimo alla Republica di Genova del 31 del mese di luglio con la risposta della Republica all' Agente Regio'. Negotiations between Francis I of France and Genoa for the passage of troops to Parma. The ambassador from Francis I was Luigi Alamanni (1495-1556). c.1550.
f. 244r. blank.
ff. 245r-247v. 'Lettera et parere del Cardinal Morone sopra le cose del Concilio di Trento et per la confirmatione di Massimiliano Imperatore in Re de Romani 1563. Sommario del parer del Cardinal Morone sopra le cose del Concilio mandato da Sua Signoria Illustrissima a 28 di ottobre 1563'. Cardinal Giovanni Morone (1509-1580) chaired the Council of Trent in its concluding phase. The letter concerns the election of Maximilian II as Emperor. Another copy is in British Library, Add. MS. 8302, ff. 140r-141v.
ff. 248r-253v. 'Copia d'una lettera scritta dal Cardinal Morone al Nuntio Delfino et mandata dal Cardinale die xxi Junii 1563'. Morone's letter is dated Trent, 17 June 1563. Cardinal Zaccaria Delfino, or Zaccaria Dolfin (1527-1584) was Papal Nunzio to the Emperor 1561-65, and participated in the Council of Trent 1562-63. Another copy of the letter is in British Library, Add. MS. 8302, ff. 122r-124v, 142r-144v.
ff. 254r-262v. 'Considerationi proposte a Papa Pio Quarto dalli legati del Concilio'. Proposals to Pius IV, Pope 1559-65, by the legates at the Council of Trent. Another copy is in British Library, Add. MS. 8302, ff. 145r-149v.
ff. 263r-307v. 'Discorso sopra gli humori di Francia. Con li capitoli stabiliti tra sua Maesta Christiana et il Principe di Conde'. Includes 'Seguitano li Capitoli stabiliti tra sua Maesta Christianissima et il Prencipe di Conde' (ff. 289r-292r); 'Aggiuntione a gl'articoli spradetti della Pace, alli 5 di dicembre del [15]70 in Parigi' (ff. 292v-299r); 'Essortatione del gran Cancelliere del Re di Francia alli vescovi di tutto il regno' (ff. 299r-307v). Tract relating to the Wars of Religion in France and the Peace of Saint-Germain-en-Laye of 1570. n.d. Another copy is in British Library, Add. MS. 8302, ff.168r-186v, where the terms of peace are dated 1570.
f. 308. blank.
ff. 309r-329v. 'Discorso fatto a Papa Pio V dal Prior d' Inghilterra sopra la riduttione di quel regno'. Begins: 'Beatissimo Padre. Dopo io oltre ogni altro obbligo per non denigrare dalla perpetua costanza di quelli di casa mia ...' . n.d. [c.1566].
The unidentified author claims to have refused advancement and left his Priory to avoid taking the Oath of Supremacy in England; he then spent four years in Spain at the Court, before setting out for Malta with a letter addressed to Pius IV. The death of the latter [Dec. 1565] altered his plans before coming to Pius V in Rome.
ff. 330-332. blank.

ff. 333-465. Three Venetian relazioni, written in a single hand.
ff. 333r-370r. An anonymous Venetian relazione concerning England in the reign of Queen Mary Tudor [given by Giovanni Michiel (1516-1596) in the Venetian Senate 13 May 1557 on his return as Ambassador to England].
Begins imperfect in a description of Mary's skills at needlework and music: 'essercitii di donne di lavorar cioe di ago in ogni sorte di recamo...', (corresponding to the Alberi edition p. 323). Ends '... et quando succedesse poi la morte di lei nell' Inglesi medesimi arderiano di moversi ne con la unione loro de forastieri loro di pensarvi', corresponding to the Alberi edition p. 373, omitting the final section.
For an edition, see Eugenio Alberi ed, 'Relazioni degli ambasciatori veneti al Senato', series 1, vol. 2 (Florence, 1840), pp. 289-380.
On Michiel see 'Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani', vol 74 (Rome, 2010), pp. 315-319.
ff. 370v-371v. blank.
ff. 372r-411r. An anonymous Venetian relazione by an ambassador to Rome during the papacy of Paul IV (Pope 1555-1559), [given in 1558 by Bernardo Navagero (1507-1565), afterwards a Cardinal]. Begins: 'Io ho imperato Serenissimo Prencipe, nelle legationi nelle quali per molti anni ha piaciuto a V. Serenita servirsi di me...' For an edition, see Eugenio Alberi ed, 'Relazioni degli ambasciatori veneti al Senato', series 2, vol. 3 (Florence, 1846), pp. 365-416.
ff. 411v-412v. blank.
ff. 413r-460v. An anonymous Venetian relazione by an ambassador to the Emperor Charles V [given in July 1546 by Bernardo Navagero (1507-1565), afterwards a Cardinal].
Begins: 'In questa relazione che e l'ultima parte della legation mia Serenissimo Principe cognosco che bisogna haver maggior consideratione...'.
Ends imperfectly '...ha l' Imperatore dua Consiglieri Principali, anzi dua ...', corresponding to the Alberi edition p. 344.
For an edition, see Eugenio Alberi ed, 'Relazioni degli ambasciatori veneti al Senato', series 1, vol 1 (Florence, 1839), pp. 289-368.

ff. 466-519. A collection of texts on the propagation of the Roman Catholic faith and opposition to the Reformed churches in Switzerland and South-East France. The texts relate directly or indirectly to the missionary endeavours in this area of St. Francis de Sales (1567-1672).
Written in a single hand, probably French. Early 17th century. In Italian, Latin and French.
f. 466r-v. A text on the erection and privileges of a house and company (santa casa e compagnia) for conversion, preaching, spiritual exercises etc. Begins imperfectly.
ff. 467r-472v. 'Avvertimenti del frutto che si puo sperare nella erettione della Casa di Thounnon'. In 48 numbered paragraphs. The text mentions that the founding of the house was being sought from the Pope (f. 467r). Thonon, on the southern shore of Lake Geneva, in the Duchy of Savoy, was the the site of the Oratory or 'Santa Casa' founded by a bull of Clement VIII 13 Sept 1599 at the instigation of St. Francis de Sales. Amongst the purposes of the House was the education of converts.
ff. 473r-475r. 'Memoria delle cose che si dovrano sperare per la compagnia delli dolori della Madonna contro gli heretici'. A proposal for a company to propagate the Roman Catholic faith amongst heretics.
ff. 475r-478v. 'Index Ministrorum haereticorum qui per litteras invitari poterunt ad rescipiscentiam non sine spe conversionis'. Biographical notes on potential converts.
ff. 478v-484r. 'Dello stato del partito hugonotto in Francia'.
ff. 484v-490v. 'Ratio propagandae Religionis Catholicae in Rhaetia sive Grisonibus'. On the Grisons, Switzerland.
ff. 491r- 493v. 'Status Religionis in quibusdam locis Germaniae, unà cum ratione eiusdem propagandae'.
ff. 494v-495r. Text on the geography and defence of the region of Lake Geneva. Begins 'Flumen Rhodanum ex laca Limone ... profluens...'.
ff. 495r-497r. 'Catalogus eorum qui Genevae conversionem meditantur'. Biographical notes on potential converts.
ff. 497v-502r. 'Relation des desseins du Pape et des Princes Catholiques Romains contre la religion Reformee'.
f. 502v. 'Lettre du Cardinal Borromeo a son Vicaire General de Milan et la recommendation de Arnaud Martin ... a l' Eveque de Thurin'. Rome, 8 June 1601. A letter from Cardinal Carlo Borromeo (1538-1584) to the Bishop of Turin recommending Arnaud Martin, himself a convert and experienced in converting others, returning to Savoy and Geneva in the service of the Church. In Italian.
ff. 503r-504r. Two letters signed 'Videl' to 'Monsiuer Tonnard, Conseiller du Roy et Commissaire General des guerres de Daulphine, a Grenoble'. Paris, 10 August and 20 December 1601.
ff. 504v-517r. 'Status Reipublicae Rhaetorum'. Begins: 'Omnis Rhaetia in duas partes divisa est...'. On the Grisons, Switzerland.
ff. 517v-519r. blank.
f. 519v. A note: 'Severall sorts of papers' in a 17th century hand.
LanguageItalian, French, Latin
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2011.
PhysicalDescriptionBinding of light brown calf, typical of bindings for William Sancroft, Archbishop of Canterbury 1678-91. At least two separate volumes and other papers have been bound together here for Sancroft.
300 x 223 mm.
Paper leaves.
CustodialHistoryIncluded in the catalogue of Edmund Gibson, Lambeth Librarian from 1696 (LR/F/39, f. 88r).

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GB/109/20116Gambara; Uberto (1489-1549); Cardinal1489-1549
41Pole; Reginald (1500-1558); Cardinal; Archbishop of Canterbury1500-1558
GB/109/17445Henry III (1551-1589); King of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (1573-1574), and King of France (1574-1589)1551-1589
GB/109/16680Council of Trent; 1545-15631545-1563
NA2249Mary I (1516-1558); Queen of England and Ireland1516-1558
GB/109/21603Farnese; Alessandro; Pope Paul III
GB/109/21604Medici; Cosimo de (1519-1574); Grand Duke of Tuscany from 15691519-1574
GB/109/21605Morone; Giovanni (1509-1580); Cardinal1509-1580
GB/109/21606Michiel; Giovanni (1516-1596); Venetian diplomat1516-1596
GB/109/21607Navagero; Bernardo (1507-1565); Venetian diplomat, Cardinal1507-1565
GB/109/21608Sales; Francis de (1567-1672); Saint1567-1672
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