Letters & Papers: 1538 Volume 13 Date: 5 August 1538 No. 37 Title: The German ambassadors to Henry VIII [Germans proposals in a letter to the meandering king]
5 Aug  The German ambassadors to Henry VIII. No 37
Do not wish to be troublesome, but have thought proper again to write to the King on matters of religion. Declared to him long ago their instructions and by the King's own request conferred for nearly two months with certain bishops and divines on the articles of the Christian religion. Have no doubt the result will be a sincere agreement between the King and the German princes. Cannot remain for the further discussion of abuses, but before their departure state their mind to the King, who will doubtless have the subjects discussed by his divines. Three heads of papal idolatry must be got rid of if the power of Rome is to be rooted out:—The prohibition of communion in both kinds, private masses and enforced clerical celibacy Give arguments on each of these heads at considerable length. London, 5 Aug. 1538. Signed: Franciscus Burgratus, Vicecancellarius: Georgius a Boyneburgk, D., Oratores:—Friderichus Myconius, ecclesiastes Gothanus.