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Rosa Hispani-Anglica seu Malum Punicum Angl' Hispanicum.

Author Du Val, Michael.
Title Rosa Hispani-Anglica seu Malum Punicum Angl' Hispanicum.
Imprint [London: s.n.]
Date of Publication 1622
Language English
Notes The first edition in English of an elaborate and curious pro-Spanish tract concerning the long-running negotiations from 1614 to 1623 for the proposed marriage between the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, and the Infanta Maria Anna, daughter of Philip III, King of Spain. The preliminaries are signed by a 'Michael du Val', a pseudonym for an unidentified author, who was clearly a supporter of Count Gondomar, the Spanish ambassador to England between 1614 and 1618 and 1620 and 1622. Gondomar's mission was to promote the Spanish marriage as a means of keeping King James VI/I from allying with other European Protestant states against Spain in the Thirty Years' War. The negotiations for the 'Spanish Match' eventually resulted in an ill-fated embassy of Charles and the 1st Duke of Buckingham to Madrid in 1623. The wedding never took place despite the signing of a marriage contract by James. Maria Anna was strongly against marrying a non-Catholic, and the Spanish would never have agreed to the marriage unless James and Charles pledged to repeal the anti-Catholic penal laws in England. The widespread opposition to the match in England led instead to the dissolution of Parliament. Charles went on to marry Princess Henrietta Maria of France and Maria Anna married Ferdinand III, then king of Hungary, who went on to become Holy Roman Emperor.
Shelfmark RB.s.2929
Reference Sources Bookseller's notes
Acquired on 28/10/16
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