CHAP. VI. Of his second Embassage to the Emperour Charles the Fifth.
A After he was thus furnished in manner as I have before rehearsed unto you; Hee was sent twice on Embassage to the Em∣perour Charles the Fifth, that now raig∣neth, and Father to King Philip now, our Lord and Soveraigne; Forasmuch as the old Emperour Maximillian was dead, and for divers o∣ther urgent occasions touching his Majestie; It was thought fit that about such weightie matters, and to so noble a Prince the Cardinall was most meete to be sent on this Embassage, and he being one ready to take the charge thereof upon him, was furnished in every respect most like a great Prince, which was much to the honour of his Majestie, and of this Realme; For first he proceeded forth like to a Cardinall having all things correspondent, his Gentlemen being very many in number were clothed in livery Coats of Crimson Velvet of the best, and chaines of gold about their necks; And his yeomen and all his meane officers were clad in fine Scarlet guarded with blacke Velvet one hand breadth. Thus furnished, he was twice sent in this manner to the Emperour in Flan∣ders, then lying at Bridges, whom he did most nobly en∣tertaine, discharging all his owne charges, and his mens. There was no house in the Towne of Bridges, wherein any of my Lords Gentlemen were lodged or had re∣course, but that the owners of the houses were comman∣ded by the Emperours Officers upon the paine of their lives to take no money for any thing that the Cardinals men did take of any kind of victuals; No, although they were disposed to make costly Banquets, further com∣manding Page 17 their said hoasts that they should want nothing which they honestly required, or desired to have.
Also the Emperours Officers every night went through the Towne from house to house, where any Englishmen had recourse or lodged, and served their Li∣very for all night, which was done on this manner. First the Officers brought into the house a Casteele of fine Manchet, then two silver pots of Wine, and a pound of Sugar, white lights, and yellow lights, a Bowle of silver, and a Goblet to drinke in, and every night a staffe Torch. This was their order of their Livery every night; And then in the morning when the Officers came to fetch away their stuffe, they would accompt for the Gen∣tlemens costs the day before.
Thus the Emperour entertained the Cardinall, and his traine during the time of his Embassie. And that done, he returned into England with great Triumph, being no lesse in estimation with the King then he was before, but rather much more, for he encreased daily in the Kings favour by reason of wits and readinesse to doe the King pleasure in all things.
In the one and twentieth yeare of King Henry the Eighths raine, Anno Dom. 1529. This Emperour Charles the Fifth came into England, who was nobly enter∣tained.