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Title:The Mask of Dissimulation: Eustace Chapuys and Early Modern Diplomatic Technique, 1536--1545
Author(s):Lundell, Richard Edward
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Parker, Geoffrey
Department / Program:History
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Abstract:This thesis focuses on the second half of Eustace Chapuys's embassy in England, particularly the years between 1536 and 1545 for three reasons. First, many historians have focused on diplomatic history of Henrician England up to 1536 because of the "Divorce Crisis," Henry's ultimately failed attempt to gain a Papal annulment of his marriage to Katherine of Aragon. The "Divorce Crisis" gave birth to what would grow into the Anglican Church, leaving a distracting layer of religious arguments and interpretations before getting to the ambassador and his texts. Second, we can more easily shift discussions away from the high drama of the Henrician Reformation in favor of the activities of an early modern diplomat performing duties continued by his successors: negotiating military alliances, gathering intelligence, and smoothing trade relations. This concentration on the previously obscured and poorly-understood activities of Eustace Chapuys will, in turn, allow historians to construct more nuanced interpretations of the period of the Henrician Reformation and the Divorce Crisis. Third, the Imperial diplomatic system in England and Chapuys's diplomatic habits had become well-established after seven years serving in London: his actions and words as an experienced ambassador will shed greater light on a more practiced form of interaction and representation.
Issue Date:2001
Description:355 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3017156
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2001

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