In my gambling post, I mentioned some of Henry VII’s expenses for gambling. Here are some more of his expenses. They give a rather broader view of Henry than that of the miserable miser:
To a fello with a berde a spye in rewarde, £1.
To Carter for writing of a boke, 7s. 4d.
To one that brought the King a lyon in rewarde, £2. 13s. 4d.
To my Lady [of] York mynstrels in rewarde, £1.
[This lady was Cecily, Duchess of York]
To the childe that playeth on the records, £1.
To bere drunken at a fermors house, \s.
To the folysshe Duke of Lancastre, 3s. 4d.
[This was for a fool nicknamed the Duke of Lancaster]
To the children for singing in the gardyn, 3,y. 4d.
10. To a woman for a neste of leveretes, 3*\ 4d.
To one that brought the King a fresh stirgeon, 13s. 4d.
To Grifhth Aprice, a man with a berde, 6s. 8d.
To the making of the bonefuyr on Middesomer eve, lOs.
To a woman that presented the King with cheryse and strawburyers in rewarde, ls. 8d.
To Savage wiffe for a partrich neste, 6s. 8d.
For burying of a man that was slayn in my Lady Grey
chamber, 6s. 8d.
[I would love to know the story behind this one.]
To three string mynstrels for their wags, £5.
For new furnishing casting and reparing of the round organes, £7-
To an Italian, a poete, £20.
To a Walshe man that maketh rymes, 6s. 8d.
To Mutis for a glistning stone, 13s. 4d.
Delivered to the Quenes grace for juels, £31. l0s.
To a woman for aqua vite, 5s.
To Sir Edward Wingfieldfor finding ij hares aboutes Master Vaux place, 6s. 8d.
To a mayden for presenting floures, 1s.
To a woman for a rede rosse, 2s.
To Mastres Brente for a forke of silver, pois iij oz. 12s.
To a felow for eting of coles, 6s. 8d.
To John Sudborough for a songe, £1.
To Ruge Dragon for crabbes and creves, 13.s\ 4d.
To the Quenes grace for the disguysing, 10s-
To a mariner that brought an eagle, 6s. 8d.
To one that brought haukes from the Newfounded Island, £1.
To Clays goying to Richemount with wylde catts and popyngays of the Newfound Island for his costs, 13s. 4d.
To Portyngales that brought popyngais and catts of the mountaigne with other stuf to the Kinges grace, £5.
More expenses (which include grimmer expenditures like those for the burying of the Earl of Warwick) can be found in Excerpta Historica, edited by Samuel Bentley. It’s on the Internet Archive and Google Books.
Speaking of works available in the public domain, I’ve added a section to my website featuring letters written by some of the historical figures in my novels. I’ll be adding regularly to the collection, which is taken from books that have gone out of copyright. So far, I’ve got letters from William de la Pole, Margaret of Anjou, and Margaret Beaufort up there, and will be adding more, including letters from Richard III and Henry VII to their respective mums.