Avoiding The Bears

From later in the war

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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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