Peter Vannes (c.1488-1563) was a diplomat and collector of papal taxes in England under four successive Tudor monarchs: Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I.
Vannes first arrived in England from Italy in 1513 and by the following year he was working for Cardinal Wolsey. His career began in earnest in 1527 when he visited the pope with Wolsey, working alongside him as a key figure in the divorce negotiations between Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon. 1
Three documents in the E135 series, which I have been cataloguing as part of my PhD placement, relate directly to Vannes. While Peter Vannes was central to divorce negotiations on behalf of the king, in these documents he allows for other marriages to go ahead.
The first document dates from 1530 and is for the marriage of Sir Thomas Arundell, Justice of the Peace for Cornwall and administrator under Henry VIII and Edward VI, and Margaret Howard, who was the sister of Katherine Howard, Henry VIII’s ill-fated fifth wife (E135/7/25).
- 1. L. E. Hunt, ‘Vannes, Peter (c.1488–1563)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/28097, accessed 5 Dec 2016 ^