When in Russia have Known about the Death of the King Philip IV of Spain? One Case in the History of Russian-Spanish Relations
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30.12.2016
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2016
When in Russia have Known about the Death of the King Philip IV of Spain? One Case in the History of Russian-Spanish Relations
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The article examines an episode of the history of the embassy to the Spanish Court headed by Piotr Potiomkin (1667—1668). The fact that ambassadors brought the chart addressed to King Philip IV who had died in 1665, was usually interpreted as an evidence of the lack of information about the death of this monarch. But the analysis of the news about Spain in 1665—1667 in russian reviews of foreign press (Kuranty) composed in Ambassadorial Office, as well as the instruction received by the ambassadors in Moscow, show that the information about the change of the monarch, although incomplete, has arrived without delay. The fact that the chart was addressed to the late King, may be explained by the lack of information about the powers of authority of the Queen Mother and by the desire to avoid the protocol error that could interfere with mission’s success.
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Vladimir Védyushkin
Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of World History
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