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The Spanish Ambassador’s account of James I’s entry into London, 1604 [with text]

Hutchings, M. and Cano-Echevarria, B. (2018) The Spanish Ambassador’s account of James I’s entry into London, 1604 [with text]. The Seventeenth Century, 33 (3). pp. 255-277. ISSN 0268-117X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/0268117X.2017.1335611


The ceremonial entry of James I into London in 1604 was scripted by Thomas Dekker (with a poem by Thomas Middleton), Ben Jonson, and Stephen Harrison: texts of the entertainment were published by Dekker, Jonson, and Harrison in 1604; in addition, modern scholars have drawn upon three manuscripts detailing the order of the procession, and a putative eyewitness account by Gilbert Dugdale, also printed in 1604. Hitherto unknown until we found it in the Archivo General de Simancas is a further account compiled by the Spanish ambassador, who along with fellow ambassadors watched the procession from a vantage point in the Strand. We provide here a transcription in Spanish together with a fully-annotated translation, and situate the textual transmission to Philip III in the context of the peacemaking that would lead to the signing of the Treaty of London in August 1604 and its ratification the following year in Valladolid.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Early Modern Research Centre (EMRC)
Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Literature
ID Code:70370
Publisher:Manchester University Press

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