BOLEYN, Sir Thomas, Earl of Wiltshire and Ormonde (1477-1539). Letter signed ('T. Boleyn') to Margaret of Savoy ('Notre tres chere et redoubtée dame Madame de Savoye Rege[n]t et Gouvernante de Flandres'), Greenwich, 14 August 1514, in French, one page, folio, address panel (integral leaf removed, a few words and part of signature faded by effects of damp, slightly frayed at outer edge, inner margin trimmed, traces of mounting on verso, lightly dust-stained)
A personal and diplomatic letter. Boleyn writes to Margaret of Savoy after the unexpected proclamation of peace between England and France, requesting on behalf of the Princess Mary, now betrothed to Louis XII, that she will permit his daughter [Anne Boleyn] to return to him with his emissaries. '[M]adame marie Reyne fyancee de france ma Requyse davoir avecques elle ma fille la Petitte boulain laquelle ma tres redoubtée dame est a present avecques vous en v[ot]re court a laquelle Requeste je nay peult ne scent Refuzer nullement ... je vous supplie tres humblement quil vous plaise de doner et troyer c[on]giet a ma fille de pouvoir Retourner par devers moy avecques mes gens'.
Boleyn had negotiated with Margaret of Savoy the previous year the treaty whereby her father, the Emperor Maximilian, Pope Julius II, Ferdinand of Spain and Henry VIII agreed to make war on France. Henry later conducted secret negotiations leading to the proclamation of peace with France on 5 August 1514, and the betrothal of his sister, Mary, to Louis XII. Boleyn now had to recover his daughter from Margaret's court in Flander in order to comply with Princess Mary's request for her to join her. His elder daughter, Anne, had been at the Regent's court in Flanders since early in 1513, when Margaret confirmed the arrival of 'La Petitte Boulain'. (H.Paget. The Youth of Anne, Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research, no. 54, 1981). At the date of the present letter she was with the court at Veure [Tervuren, outside Brussels] and she travelled directly from Flanders to France, where her father was also going, in the suite of Princess Mary. Anne Boleyn remained in France for several years.