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Abstract

The peace negotiations between England and Spain began in 1603 and were concluded in 1605; they began with a masque, Queen Anna´s first, and concluded, in Valladolid, with another masque. Spain´s ambassador had compiled a text of The Vision of the Twelve Goddesses and sent back to Philip III. The Spanish masque, like its English counterpart, was an example of female masquing, and it seems was deliberately designed to echo the Hampton Court masque, thus offering a reciprocal symmetry for the peace diplomacy.

Author Biography

Mark Hutchings (m.p.v.hutchings@reading.ac.uk) is a lecturer in English at the University of Reading and is currently working on a project about the Anglo-Spanish peace of 1603-5 with Berta Cano-Echevarría.

Berta Cano-Echevarría (bertac@fyl.uva.es) teaches at the Universidad de Valladolid, and is currently working on a project about the Anglo-Spanish peace of 1603-5 with Mark Hutchings.

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