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- Mar 11, 2008
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Fascinating and paced lecture on the Spanish influence on Charles I and his court that covers much else beside:
In 1623, Charles I (as heir to the throne) made a secret and hazardous trip to Madrid to win the hand of a Spanish princess. For eight months he was the guest of the Spanish king, Philip IV, living in the Alcazar of Madrid. The opportunities to study art, architecture and court ceremonial made a profound impact on the 23-year-old Charles, and it influenced his own taste when two years later he inherited the thrones of England and Scotland.
Checking out a bride-to-be was usually left up a very trusted friend and Charlie was particularly foolish in that adventure. Religious tensions at the time were still high between England and Spain and he could have ended up a very expensive hostage. The population was happy though as he didn't succeed.
It was not uncommon for young heirs or monarchs to disguise themselves and do a friendly stalk of a potential bride. Henry VIII would often burst into his bride-to-be's bed-chamber dressed like a gamekeeper or something and burst into song. (Sounds like a bit of a knob even in his younger days "oh my liege you are soo witty!")