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Four Years at the Court of Henry VIII
Selection of Despatches written by the Venetian Ambassador, Sebastian Giustinian, and addressed to the Signatory of Venice, January 12th, 1515 to July 26th, 1519. Translated by Rawdon Brown in two volumes (1854)


THE archives of Venice, as might be anticipated from the nature of her ancient institutions, are singularly rich in the materials of history: the machinery of a republican government, whose executive committees kept minutes of their proceedings, and whose legislative assemblies required numerous reports for their information, had the effect of rapidly multiplying State papers.

The department of foreign affairs possesses unusually ample documents. The ambassadors of the Republic kept up a double correspondence with the Doge (to whom, by official etiquette, all their communications were addressed) : the ordinary and ostensible despatches were intended for the information of the College and Senate, while the more secret and confidential were reserved for the Doge and the Council of Ten.

Volume 1  |  Volume 2

Note:  You can search these volumes for words such as "Scotland" and "Scotch" to see many references to both.  Also some account of the Auld Alliance between Scotland and France.


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