By Alexander Samson

within the spring of 1623 Charles, Prince of Wales, the younger inheritor to the English and Scottish thrones donned a fake wig and beard and slipped out of britain less than the assumed identify of John Smith on the way to trip to Madrid and safe for himself the hand of the King of Spain's daughter. His father James I and VI were toying with the assumption of a Spanish fit for his son due to the fact that as early as 1605, regardless of the profoundly divisive ramifications this sort of coverage might have within the face of the decided 'Puritan' competition in parliament, dedicated to combatting the forces of foreign Catholicism at each chance. With the Spanish ambassador, the machiavellian count number of Gondomar's encouragement to 'mount' Spain, Charles impetuously took concerns into his personal fingers and because the negotiations stalled he departed secretly within the guise of Mr Smith to win along with his romantic and foolhardy bold what his father couldn't in attaining via international relations. The eventual failure and public humiliation that his trip to Madrid has been mentioned as a tremendous impact on Charles's next improvement and rules as king. in the past, there was no try and systematically discover the failure of the Spanish fit from an interdisciplinary point of view, together with what it finds in regards to the perform of international relations, the style, artwork, and get dressed of the interval, its literature and the long term effects for Anglo-Spanish kinfolk. during this quantity top students from numerous disciplines examine the reactions and representations of Charles's romantic escapade and provide their insights into the affair. In doing such a lot of conventional assumptions concerning the journey are overturned. by means of taking into consideration the political, social, spiritual and foreign dimensions of the development, and reading ancient, literary and inventive facts, this quantity paints a rounded, energetic and bright portrait of 1 of the main extraordinary episodes of the Jacobean age.

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