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Letter #2459

Brussels, 1541-07-15

English register:

De Schepper has no reliable news about the results of the Diet of Regensburg, nor about the situation in Buda, besides the fact that the Emperor [Charles V] has called for harmony and relinquishment of private animosity in the name of the public good, but the response has been slow, while there is plague among King Ferdinand’s troops besieging Buda and the Turks are drawing near. The Emperor is to leave Regensburg soon.

De Schepper informs Dantiscus that the wedding of the Duke of Lorraine’s son Francis with the King of Denmark’s [Christian II] daughter Christina took place in the Habsburg Netherlands. After the wedding the newly-weds visited the Prince of Orange [René de Châlon] in Breda and set off for Lorraine. The Prince of Orange went to Holland, of which he is the Governor. Maximiliaan [van Egmond], Count of Buren, has gone to Friesland.

Wilhelm, Duke of Jülich-Cleve, who was at the French court during this time, has wed the King of France’s niece [Jeanne d'Albret]. De Schepper cites different opinions on this marriage and its political consequences.

De Schepper reports that, from among Dantiscus’ former acquaintances, those who are still with the Emperor are [Claude Dodieu] de Vély, who continues to be the French ambassador, as he was in 1532, the Lord of Praet and the Baron of Montfalconnet. Rosey and Hourron are in the Duke of Orange’s service.

The Emperor is preparing a fleet and troops for a great expedition to Africa.

De Schepper is staying at Queen Mary’s court; he is seldom at home (something he is not pleased about) and travels a lot. He has long had no news from Jakob von Barthen and wishes all the best for him. Earlier, Barthen had sent him a certain young man’s introduction to Copernicus’ work [i.e. De libris revolutionum Copernici narratio prima by Georg Joachim Rheticus]. This introduction made Copernicus famous among scholars, including Gemma Frisius, who impatiently await the dissemination of the main work.

            received Heilsberg (Lidzbark Warmiński), 1542-03-22

Manuscript sources:
1fair copy in Latin, autograph, AAWO, AB, D. 70, f. 97-98
2register with excerpt in Latin, English, 20th-century, CBKUL, R.III, 31, No. 417

Auxiliary sources:
1register in German, 20th-century, B. PAU-PAN, 8249 (TK 11), f. 342

1BIRKENMAJER 1924 p. 266-267 (excerpt)
2DE VOCHT 1961 No. DE, 426, p. 340-341 (English register)
3SIKORSKI 1968 No. 491-492, p. 127 (Polish register)
4Kopernik na Warmii No. 527-528, p. 511 (Polish register)
5RC No. 468, p. 198 (English register)
6NCG 6/1 No. 170, p. 317-318 (excerpt; excerpt in German translation)
7CEID 2/2 (Letter No. 78) p. 461-465 (in extenso; English register)
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