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Letter #1776

[Ioannes DANTISCUS] to [Seweryn BONER]
Löbau (Lubawa), 1537-11-16

English register: Dantiscus hopes that in accordance with his request, contained in the letter of September 28 (letter No. 43), Boner made sure to send the enclosed letter from Dantiscus to Otto Heinrich (Wittelsbach), count of the Rhine Palatinate. Dantiscus condemns the cruelty, licentiousness and despotism of the king of England (Henry VIII), spilling the blood of his subjects who rise to defend the confiscated estates of the church and of shut-down monasteries. He is also outraged by the king’s taking advantage of the privileges of the head of the English church, which he has appropriated, to make the duration of his marriages dependent on the gender of the progeny produced by successive queens. Dantiscus is fearful of the future of the present queen (Jane Seymour) who is due to give birth soon. Dantiscus asks for news about the emperor, French and Turkish affairs, and also about the General Council.

Manuscript sources:
1rough draft in Latin, autograph, BCz, 244, p. 310 (b.p.)
2copy in Latin, 18th-century, BK, 232, p. 233-234
3copy in Latin, 18th-century, B. Ossol., 151/II, f. 170r-v
4copy, 18th-century, BCz, 55 (TN), No. 72, p. 467-468
5register with excerpt in Latin, English, 20th-century, CBKUL, R.III, 32, No. 631

Auxiliary sources:
1register in Polish, 20th-century, B. PAU-PAN, 8248 (TK 10), f. 646

1CEID 1/1 No. 80, p. 338-340 (in extenso; English register)
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