Spain, Rumor, and Anti-Catholicism in Mid-Jacobean England: The Palatine Match, Cleves, and the Armada Scares of 1612-1613 and 1614, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Spain, Rumor, and Anti-Catholicism in Mid-Jacobean England

The Palatine Match, Cleves, and the Armada Scares of 1612-1613 and 1614, 1st Edition

By Calvin F. Senning

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336 pages | 18 B/W Illus.

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Geoffrey Parker has remarked that the Spanish Armada, though a disastrous defeat, was a considerable psychological success. Deep into the seventeenth century the specter of a returning armada haunted England. Twice in the middle of James I’s reign alarms occurred. One grew out of the king’s plan, opposed by Spain, to marry his daughter Elizabeth to the Calvinist elector of the Palatinate. The other derived from a rekindling of the disputed succession in the Cleves-Jülich duchies in the lower Rhineland, into which Spanish forces intervened militarily, while England suspected the formation of a large Spanish-led Catholic league, seemingly bent on invasion, which caused a few days of panic in London. Both scares were based on misinformation and rumor, worsened by longstanding English anxiety over Spanish designs and doubts about the loyalty of English Catholics, the persecution of whom intensified. The latter scare occasioned the appearance in London of a satirical print, long thought in England to be lost, of James holding the pope’s nose to the grindstone, but a copy sent to Madrid by the Spanish ambassador has survived, and, reproduced here, preserves what appears to be the oldest known example of English political satire in the print medium.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Deterioration in Anglo-Spanish Relations, 1611-1612

2. Growing Alarm and Fear in England: The Armada Scare of 1612-1613

3. The Palatine Wedding and Its Aftermath

4. Cleves, Spinola, and the Armada Scare of September 1614

5. Xanten and Beyond

Conclusion and Afterword

About the Author

Calvin F. Senning retired as Professor of History from the University of Maine at Augusta in 1997. He previously worked as a contract historian with the War Department Historical Fund.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Early Modern History

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
HIS015000
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HIS037040
HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century