The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2050  Wednesday, 8 November 2000.

From:           John Briggs  <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 8 Nov 2000 09:03:41 -0000
Subject: 11.2038 Charles V's Abdication
Comment:        RE: SHK 11.2038 Charles V's Abdication

Frank Whigham wrote:

>Can anyone help with identifying texts that attest to early modern
>English awareness, of whatever kind, of the abdication of Charles V?

I can't answer the specific question, but the general answer is that
awareness of all Spanish and Imperial events would have been huge: this
happened during the reign of Mary I and her husband Philip, heir to
Spain and the Netherlands!  For example, in 1555 the Emperor's mother
(Mary's aunt and Philip's grandmother) Joanna the Mad, Queen of Spain,
died.  I have been looking into the requiem mass held in St Paul's
Cathedral, London in June that year.  It is believed that both the
English Chapel Royal and Philip's Capilla Flamenca took part, as well as
the Choir of St Paul's Cathedral.  Unfortunately, the surviving records
give no mention of any musicians or music (my particular interest), but
the expenses listed come to  

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