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News and rumour in Jacobean EnglandInformation, court politics and diplomacy, 1618-25$
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David Coast

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719089480

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719089480.001.0001

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Managing the news during Prince Charles’s trip to Madrid, 1623

Managing the news during Prince Charles’s trip to Madrid, 1623

(p.139) Chapter 5 Managing the news during Prince Charles’s trip to Madrid, 1623
News and rumour in Jacobean England

David Coast

Manchester University Press

This narrative case study examines ways in which diplomatic information was suppressed and manipulated during Prince Charles’ and the Duke of Buckingham's trip to Madrid in 1623. Historians have tended to focus on the course of the negotiations in Spain, but this chapter shifts attention to James and the battle over perceptions of the match at home. It considers James I's extraordinary efforts to keep details of the negotiations secret from his own councillors, and his reasons for doing so, as well as the opportunities this near-monopoly over information created to present a misleadingly impression of events in Madrid. The sceptical and often cynical reaction of many of James’ subjects to his behaviour show how his secretive and sometimes manipulative behaviour could backfire in ways which could potentially undermine royal authority.

Keywords:   James I, Spanish match, Charles I, Duke of Buckingham, Madrid, Secrecy, Propaganda

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