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Henry IV's embassy to the Countess of Flanders.- Henry IV.- Safe conduct issued by John Croft, William Lyle, councillors, and Nicholas de Ryssheton, ambassadors of Henry IV to negotiate a commercial treaty between England and Flanders, manuscript in French and Latin, 1404.

 

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Henry IV's embassy to Margaret Duchess of Burgundy.- Henry IV (King of England and Lord of Ireland, and Duke of Aquitaine, 1367-1413).- Safe-conduct issued by John Croft, William Lyle, councillors, and Nicholas de Ryssheton, Doctor in Law, ambassadors of Henry IV, to the emissaries of Margaret III Duchess of Burgundy, Countess of Flanders and Artois, giving them the right to travel into Artois, Boulonnais, and Guines, in order to negotiate a commercial treaty between England and Flanders, under the terms granted by their earlier safe-conduct, and reciting the terms of their commission as ambassadors (along with John Urban and Sir Thomas Swinburne) as issued by the King on 22 July 1403, manuscript, the safe-conduct in in French, the terms of the commission in Latin, in a neat secretary hand, 1p., 55 lines, calligraphic pen and ink initial letter "J" in the shape of a fish, and armorial seals of the three ambassadors in red wax with good impressions, with vellum tags, later a small part of the central seal lacking, left hand seal with small damage, later dockets on verso, folds, slightly creased and browned, Phillipps MS 34926, 415 x 340 mm., Calais, 26 September 1404.

Diplomacy in the Hundred Years War.

This document outlines the terms of the ambassadors commission issued by Henry IV on 22nd July 1403. The embassy conducted by Nicholas de Ryssheton, canon lawyer and diplomat (d. 1413), John Croft, and William Lyle, was one of a series of negotiations at Calais with emissaries from the Margaret Duchess of Burgundy and Countess of Flanders (widow of Philip the Bold), in order to agree a commercial treaty. These negotiations lasted until June 1405 but met with no success. Ryssheton returned briefly to England in October 1404 "to inform the king at Coventry of the complete lack of progress even as to an agenda". - Oxford DNB.

Sir John Croft (d.1419/20), of Dalton, Lancashire. Captain of the Castle of Marck in the March of Calais. While in office, Sir John spent several months at Calais as an ambassador for the negotiation of a truce with Flanders, receiving 20 marks by way of both reward and expenses.

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Henry IV's embassy to Margaret Duchess of Burgundy.- Henry IV (King of England and Lord of Ireland, and Duke of Aquitaine, 1367-1413).- Safe-conduct issued by John Croft, William Lyle, councillors, and Nicholas de Ryssheton, Doctor in Law, ambassadors of Henry IV, to the emissaries of Margaret III Duchess of Burgundy, Countess of Flanders and Artois, giving them the right to travel into Artois, Boulonnais, and Guines, in order to negotiate a commercial treaty between England and Flanders, under the terms granted by their earlier safe-conduct, and reciting the terms of their commission as ambassadors (along with John Urban and Sir Thomas Swinburne) as issued by the King on 22 July 1403, manuscript, the safe-conduct in in French, the terms of the commission in Latin, in a neat secretary hand, 1p., 55 lines, calligraphic pen and ink initial letter "J" in the shape of a fish, and armorial seals of the three ambassadors in red wax with good impressions, with vellum tags, later a small part of the central seal lacking, left hand seal with small damage, later dockets on verso, folds, slightly creased and browned, Phillipps MS 34926, 415 x 340 mm., Calais, 26 September 1404.

Diplomacy in the Hundred Years War.

This document outlines the terms of the ambassadors commission issued by Henry IV on 22nd July 1403. The embassy conducted by Nicholas de Ryssheton, canon lawyer and diplomat (d. 1413), John Croft, and William Lyle, was one of a series of negotiations at Calais with emissaries from the Margaret Duchess of Burgundy and Countess of Flanders (widow of Philip the Bold), in order to agree a commercial treaty. These negotiations lasted until June 1405 but met with no success. Ryssheton returned briefly to England in October 1404 "to inform the king at Coventry of the complete lack of progress even as to an agenda". - Oxford DNB.

Sir John Croft (d.1419/20), of Dalton, Lancashire. Captain of the Castle of Marck in the March of Calais. While in office, Sir John spent several months at Calais as an ambassador for the negotiation of a truce with Flanders, receiving 20 marks by way of both reward and expenses.

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