">Name: Anti-Spain play banned after Spain threats to sevar all relations with England
Artist: Thomas Middleton (1580 - 1627): English dramatist|
Confronting Bodies: The Spanish Government and the Spanish Royal Family; the British Royal Family
Date of Action: 1623-1624
Specific Location: London, England
Description of Artwork: Thomas Middleton's play, "A Game at Chess" is a thinly disguised allegory of the failed marriage alliance between the thrones of England/Scotland and Spain in 1623. The play examined the real-life drama surrounding the impending marriage of the heir to the thrownes, prince Charles and, the Spanish princess Donna Maria. James I wanted a Spanish match for his son, as it would result in an important alliance and trade advantages with the New World. In exchange, the Spanish insisted upon the suspension of penal laws against Catholics in England. Ultimately, the marriage fell through after Spain refused to promise extensive military aid to England. In "A Game at Chess", the "Black House" (Spain) seeks to corrupt members of the "White House" through the use of romantic relationships. In the play, members of the "Black House" are portrayed in unflattering ways while characters in the "White House" are presented in a sympathetic manner. In the end, the "White House" exposes the corruption of the "Black House".
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