Early modern Anglo-Spanish - Dr Mark Vaughan Hutchings
Several years ago I co-founded a research group for scholars working on the various intersections between England and Spain, roughly from the reign of Mary I (who had married Philip II of Spain) to the accession of Charles I in 1625. Much of our work focuses on the city of Valladolid, which for a brief
period (1601-6) hosted the court of Philip III, and it was here in 1589 that the English College
was founded, its mission to train English priests to minister to Catholics in England. In 2009 we received a three-year research grant from the Spanish government (Proyecto I+D+i, 'Libros, viajes, fe y diplomacia: interpretacion del intercambio cultural entre España y Inglaterra en la Edad Moderna' [FFI2009-10816]). Members of our group contribute regularly to the SEDERI (Spanish and Portuguese Society for English Renaissance Studies) annual conference, and two, Berta Cano Echevarría and Ana Sáez Hidalgo, edit the journal Sederi.
Current project themes involving our group include formal and informal diplomacy, textual performance and transmission, and early modern libraries. In the spring of 2012 I held a Leverhulme Study Abroad Fellowship, for which with Berta Cano Echevarría of the Universidad de Valladolid I organised an international workshop in May. Held at the Universidad de Valladolid, the English College, and the Archivo General de Simancas, the meeting brought together a dozen scholars from England, Ireland, Portugal, and Spain to consider the theme 'Networks of Exchange: Exile Communities in Early Modern Europe'. This is envisaged to provide the foundation for the next stage of the group's activities, a collection of essays with the working title 'Diaspora and Diplomacy in Early Modern Europe'. I am also working on a book-length study with Berta Cano Echevarría on Nottingham's embassy to Spain in 1605.