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"His credentials are in order": Catholic ambassadors at the English court, 1603–1625

Anderson, R (2015) "His credentials are in order": Catholic ambassadors at the English court, 1603–1625. In: Splendid Encounters 4: Diplomats and Diplomacy in the Early Modern World, 25 - 26 September 2015, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary.

Abstract

The residences of ambassadors from Catholic countries to the Court of St James had long been a favourite resort for English Catholics seeking to attend religious services. Catholic ambassadors were reluctantly allowed to hold Mass privately in their embassy chapels but they could not allow English subjects to attend the services, although, it is evident many secretly did so. The government was, therefore, always suspicious of the activities of resident Catholic ambassadors, but had to proceed against them carefully so as not to offend the Prince by whom they had been accredited, so that even at the height of persecution, Catholic ambassadors had to be catered for. This paper will examine the ways in which Catholic ambassadors to Protestant England operated, both within and without, the Court of James VI & I. It will address such subjects as the embassy chapel question and the ambassador’s support for his co-religionists, and the Catholic cause in England.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:

Conference organised by the Premodern Diplomats Network and the Research Centre for the Humanities, Institute of History at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Keywords: Diplomacy, Catholics, Jacobean, ambassadors.
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2016 09:56
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2016 10:00
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/7929
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