Negotiations for a treaty -- Appeal of Catherine to the Emperor -- Fresh plans for the escape of Mary -- Forbidden by the Emperor -- The King and his daughter -- Suggestion of Dr. Butts -- The clergy and the Reformation -- The Charterhouse monks -- More and Fisher in the Tower -- The Emperor in Africa -- The treaty -- Rebellion in Ireland -- Absolution of Lord Thomas Fitzgerald for the murder of the Archbishop of Dublin -- Treason of Lord Hussey -- Fresh debates in the Spanish Council -- Fisher created cardinal -- Trial and execution of Fisher and More -- Effect in Europe.
MORE than a year had now passed since Clement had delivered judgment on the divorce case. So far the discharge had been ineffective, and the Brief of Execution, the direct command to the Catholic Powers to dethrone Henry and to his subjects to renounce their allegiance, was still withheld. The advances which the new Pope had made to England having met with no response, Paul III. was ready to strike the final blow, but his hand had been held by Charles, who was now hoping by a treaty to recover the English alliance. Catherine had consented, but consented reluctantly, to an experiment from which she expected nothing. Chapuys himself did not wish it to succeed, and was unwilling to part with the expectations which he had built on Darcy's promises. The Spanish Council, in recommending the course which the Emperor had taken, had foreseen the dispiritment which it might produce among the Queen's friends, and the injury to the Holy See by the disregard of a