7 December 2015
HENRY VIII. Letter signed (“Henry R.”), to Prince John, Duke of Cleves and Julich, London, 25 July 1529. 1 page, folio, text accomplished in a meticulous scribal hand. Fine condition. Matted and framed. In Latin.
HENRY ASKS THE PRINCE TO INTERVENE IN AID OF THE KIDNAPPED SIR LAWRENCE STAYBER, who was making “a journey towards us.” Staybar, “in a certain town under the government of the most Reverend Lord Archbishop of Cologne, was grossly attacked and taken prisoner by certain bandits and robbers, and until now has been kept captive by them.” Henry says “we take this very hardly” and asks the Prince “to interpose your effort, help and favour for us” so that “our aforesaid servant may be released as soon as possible from the said robbers and may be sent away unharmed.” He reminds the Prince that he relied on his good offices in a similar case “in freeing from the hands of bandits the worshipful Sir John Walopp. Prince John was as successful in this instance as in the earlier one. Staybar returned safely to England in February 1530. Ten years later, Henry would take Cleve’s daughter Anne of Cleves as his wife.
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