From later in the war

Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel was sent as English ambassador to Emperor Ferdinand II and his son (soon to be Emperor Ferdinand III) in 1636. The embassy was a pretty comprehensive failure. Although Arundel did manage to score himself some sweet books and artworks off some starving Germans, he had not been properly briefed and, frankly, was a bit of a quarrelsome bastard. It was not particularly difficult to offend people at the Habsburg courts (try mentioning chins one too many times…) but Arundel was just rude to everybody.


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