Spain and the Early Stuarts, 1585–1655: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Spain and the Early Stuarts, 1585–1655

1st Edition

By Albert J. Loomie


305 pages

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Hardback: 9780860785767
pub: 1996-02-29

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These studies focus on Spain's relations with England from the last stages of the Elizabethan war to the opening years of the Cromwellian regime. Particular attention is given to the issue of religion and to the character and conduct of peacetime diplomacy - and intelligence gathering. In the first studies, Professor Loomie deals with the policies of Philip II and preparations for the 1597 Armada. The following articles examine Spanish attitudes towards the Stuart court and an unknown cultivation of the ’Independents’ during and after the Civil War.


'[Professor Loomie] is one of the few scholars to take a comprehensive look at Spanish-English relations, particularly in the post-1588 period. While the articles are no longer new, his findings are still important and valuable. This volume rightfully highlights the career of a well-respected, eminent scholar.' Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Vol. LXXV, no. 3

Table of Contents

Contents: Religion and Elizabethan commerce with Spain; Sir William Semple and Bristol's Andalucian trade, 1597-1598; An armada pilot's survey of the English coastline, October 1597; Philip II's armada proclamation of 1597; The armadas and the Catholics of England; Thomas James: the English Consul of Andalucia (1556-ca. 1613); Philip III and the Stuart succession in England, 1600-1603; Sir Robert Cecil and the Spanish embassy; Richard Berry: Gondomar's English Catholic adviser; Bacon and Gondomar: an unknown link in 1618; Gondomar's selection of English officers in 1622; King James I's Catholic consort; A Jacobean crypto-Catholic: Lord Wotton; Olivares, the English Catholics and the peace of 1630; The Spanish faction at the court of Charles I, 1630-1638; Alonso de Cárdenas and the long parliament, 1640-1648; New light on the Spanish ambassador's purchases from Charles I's collection, 1649-1653; London's Spanish chapel before and after the Civil War; Index.

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Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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