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Diego Sarmiento de Acuña, 1st Count of Gondomar

Spanish diplomat

1567   -   1626

country of citizenship: Spain
language of expression: Spanish
occupation: diplomat
position held: ambassador of Spain to Austria, ambassador of Spain to the United Kingdom, ambassador

Don Diego Sarmiento de Acuña, Count of Gondomar (Spanish: Don Diego Sarmiento de Acuña, conde de Gondomar; Astorga, November 1, 1567 – Casa la Reina, Logroño, October 2, 1626), was a Spanish (Galician) diplomat. He served as the Spanish ambassador to England from 1613 to 1622 and afterwards, as a kind of ambassador emeritus, Spain's leading expert on English affairs until his death.The popular notion in England of his day painted him as the head of a Spanish faction at the English court, as privy to the inner thoughts of King James I, and as a fiendish schemer for Popery (for whom the term "Machiavellian" was brought into common English usage).
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