Life and Letters of Sir Thomas Wyatt

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Ambassador in Flanders

Not long afterwards the Emperor went on to Brussels and Wyatt followed him there. His appointment was for not longer than four months and he reminded Cromwell of his desire to be recalled as soon as possible. This letter and Cromwell's reply to it are lost; but in his next letter (No. 21) Wyatt confessed that he did not expect his 'revocation' before 9 March. He complained of the high cost of living and of the smallness of his subsistence allowance, and he did this not because he was hoping for an immediate increase but rather for the sake of his successor. He told the King on 3 February (No. 22) of his audience of the Emperor, accompanied by Vaughan, in which they had asked for the handing over of Brancetour, now under the Emperor's protection. They also raised the question of the dispute between the Duke of Cleves and the Emperor and of the persecution of English merchants by the Inquisition, a matter which, as we have seen, he had raised before without satisfaction.

The Emperor promised to look into the treaties on the matter of Brancetour, and to give an answer about the English merchants when he heard from Spain about them. But on the question of Cleves he said that Henry had no right to meddle between him and his subject.

Wyatt wrote his report of this meeting while suffering from so bad a headache that he was hardly able 'to write three lines together'; and, on the same day, he told Cromwell that he had had to retire to bed, and that Vaughan, who was returning to England, would give further particulars of their interview with the Emperor. (No. 23.)

Although Henry was not really a Lutheran, his marriage with Anne of Cleves and his overtures to the Elector of Saxony had made

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • I Early Life 1
  • II Wyatt and Anne Boleyn 13
  • III Ambassador in Spain 38
  • IV Ambassador in France 95
  • V Ambassador in Flanders 131
  • VI Cromwell's Fall and Wyatt's Trial 172
  • VII Lauda Finem 211
  • VIII Wyatt's Poetry 222
  • Appendix A 261
  • Appendix B 270
  • Appendix C 273
  • Bibliography 277
  • Index 279
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