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Research Conversation: Professor Carol Rutter

With Professor Carol Rutter University of Warwick

Meet Henry Wotton, who served as ambassador to Venice under King James I

Around the time King James I was settling down to watch the King's Men perform a new play, Othello: The Moor of Venice at Whitehall, his newly appointed ambassador to Venice was settling into his new role in the Republic. Anglo-Venetian relations, interrupted across the last forty-four years of Queen Elizabeth's reign, were finally to be reinstated. 

So who was the Venetian ambassador, Henry Wotton? What qualifications did he have for the job? What did it entail? And how did he succeed? If we follow Cleopatra's instructions to 'Hear the ambassadors!', what do we learn about the practice of early modern embassy from one ambassador's foreign correspondence?

Join us to find out more about this fascinating character from James I's court.

Venue: Wolfson Hall, The Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, CV37 6QW.

Free admission, no booking required, all welcome.

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