The negotiations of Thomas Woolsey, the great Cardinall of England containing his life and death, viz. (1) the originall of his promotion, (2) the continuance in his magnificence, (3) his fall, death, and buriall
Cavendish, George, 1500-1561?, Cavendish, William, Sir, 1505?-1557.

CHAP. IX. Of the originall Instrument of the Cardinalls fall: Mistris Anne Bullen.

NOw you shall understand that the young Lord of Northumberland attended upon my Lord Cardinall, who when the Cardinall went to Court, would ever have conference with Mi∣stris Anne Bullen, who then was one of the Maides of Honour to Queene Katharine, insomuch, that at last they were contracted together, which when the King heard, he was much moved thereat (for hee had a private affe∣ction to her himselfe) which was not yet discovered to any, and then advised the Cardinall to send for the Earle of Northumberland, his Father, and take order to dissolve the Contract made betweene the said parties, which the Lord Cardinall did after a sharpe reprehension, in regard Page  24 he was Contracted without the King and his Fathers knowledge; Hee sent for his Father, who came up to London very speedily, and came first to my Lord Cardi∣nall, as all great Personages did, that in such sort were sent for, of whom they were advertised of the cause of their sending for; And when the Earle was come, hee * was presently brought to the Cardinall into the Gallery. After whose meeting, my Lord Cardinall and he were in secret communication a long space; after their long discourse, and drinking a cup of Wine, the Earle depar∣ted, and at his going away, he sate downe at the Gallery end in the Hall upon a forme, and being set, called his Sonne unto him, and said;

Sonne (quoth he) even as thou art, and ever hast been * a proud, disdainfull, and very unthrifty Master, so thou hast now declared thy selfe, wherefore what joy, what pleasure, what comfort, or what solace can I conceive in thee? That thus without discretion hast abused thy selfe, having neither regard to me thy Naturall Father, nor un∣to thy naturall Soveraigne Lord, to whom all honest and loyall Subjects beare faithfull obedience, nor yet to the prosperitie of thy owne estate; But hast so unadvisedly ensnared thy selfe to her for whom thou hast purchased the Kings high displeasure intollerable for any Subject to susteine. And but that the King doth consider the lightnesse of thy head, and wilfull qualities of thy per∣son his displeasure and indignation, were sufficient to cast me, and all my posteritie into utter ruine and destruction. But hee being my singular good Lord, and favourable Prince, and my Lord Cardinall my very good friend, hath, and doth cleerely excuse me in thy lewdnesse, and doe rather lament thy folly, then maligne thee, and hath advised an order to be taken for thee, to whom both I and you are more bound, then we conceive of. I pray to God that this may be a sufficient Admonition unto thee, to use thy selfe more wisely hereafter; For assure thy selfe, that if thou dost not amend thy prodigalitie. Thou wilt Page  25 be the last Earle of our house; For thy naturall inclinati∣on, thou art Masterfull and prodigall to consume all that thy Progenitors have with great travell gathered and kept together with honour. But having the Kings Ma∣jestie my singular good Lord, I trust (I assure thee) so to order my succession, that thou shalt consume thereof but a little.

For I doe not intend (I tell thee) truly to make thee * Heire, for (thankes be to God) I have more boyes, that I trust will use themselves much better, and prove more like to wise and honest men, of whom I will choose the most likely to succeed mee.

Now good Masters and Gentlemen (quoth he) unto * us, it may be your chances hereafter, when I am dead, to see those things that I have spoken to my Sonne prove as true as I now speake them, yet in the meane time I de∣sire you all to be his friends, and tell him his faults in what he doth amisse, wherein you shall shew your selves friendly to him, and so I take my leave of you; And son goe your wayes unto my Lord your Master, and serve him diligently; And so parted and went downe into the Hall, and so tooke his Barge.

Then after long and large debating the matter about * the Lord Percies assurance to Mistris Anne Bullen, it was devised that the Contract should bee infringed, and dis∣solved; And that the Lord Piercy should marry one of the Earle of Shrewsburies Daughters. And so indeed not long after he did, whereby the former Contract was bro∣ken * and dissolved, wherewith Mistris Anne was greatly displeased, promising, that if ever it lay in her power she would doe the Cardinall some displeasure, which in∣deed she afterwards did. But yet he was not altogether to be blamed, for he did nothing but what the King com∣manded; whereby the Lord Piercy was charged to a∣voyd her company. And so was she for a time dischar∣ged * the Court, and sent home to her Father, whereat she was much troubled and perplexed. For all this time she Page  26 knew nothing of the Kings intended purpose. But wee may see when Fortune doth begin to frowne, how shee can compasse a matter of displeasure, through a farre fetcht Marke; Now therefore of the grudge how it be∣gan, that in processe of time wrought the Cardinals utter destruction.