ABSTRACT

That the collapse of their joint enterprise in Italy did not cause trouble between the kings of France and England was the more remarkable because their negotiations regarding that enterprise had gone hand in hand with other negotiations which were ever threatening to end in a rupture if not in war. When Doget was sent in the spring of 1479 to consult Louis about what was to be done at Rome, other envoys who accompanied him had been commissioned to negotiate with the French king about the Bishop of Elne’s agreements, about the payment of Princess Elizabeth’s dowry, and about the very delicate subject of mediation between France and Burgundy. And when, in the following October, the Seigneur de St. Pierre was returning home and Edward wrote the le4 cer in which he intimated that, for love of his cousin of France, he would content himself with the Milanese marriage alliance instead of accepting the marriage proposed to him by the Emperor and Maximilian, and which is the last echo of the joint Italian venture of the two kings, Louis de Bretaylle went with St. Pierre to France, not simply to receive Louis’ reply about the Milanese marriage, but to press again Edward’s offer of mediation and his demand in regard to the dowry. 1 After the battle of Guinegate, Edward may have thought that Louis would be only too glad to avail himself of his offer of mediation, but if such was his hope, it proved to be a false one. On the other hand, Louis did show a little inclination to relent in regard to the payment of the dowry; for though he made Louis de Bretaylle no promises, about 26th November, 1479, he dispatched another embassy to England to suggest a compromise.