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Ambassador Eustace Chapuys as played by Anthony Brophy
Imperial Ambassador to England: 1529-1545
| Born c.1489/90 - died 1556 |
Character's Backstory: Born in Annecy in Savoy. He attended the University of Turin from 1507, staying there for at least 8 years. In 1517 he became an official of the diocese of Geneva, and subsequently served the Duke of Savoy and Charles de Bourbon. In 1527 he entered the service of the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V.
After going to Savoy as ambassador, he went to England in September 1529 to take over the post of resident ambassador there from Ambassador Mendoza (Iñigo López de Mendoza y Zúñiga). His arrival coincided with the new theological debate over Queen Katherine of Aragon´s marriage, which had been mostly a legal debate up to that point. Chapuys was a doctor in Canonical right and ex-Ecclesiastic judge of Geneva, which would serve him well in the upcoming years.
He took advantage of his gout affliction, when he insisted upon always leaning on his English valet Fleming so that two pair of ears could hear more than one.
At court, Chapuys was one of Queen Katherine of Aragon's closest allies, and it is because of his detailed correspondence to Charles V that we have so many accounts of the people in Henry VIII's court. After her mother's death, Chapuys was also a close ally to Princess Mary. Chapuys despised Anne Boleyn; she returned the feeling. Chapuys had confidently predicted Anne's fall for several years. When it actually happened, he was quite surprised. He had not recognized the depth of Henry's feelings for the woman who would become his third wife, Jane Seymour. The ambassador left England in May of 1545 after he asked to be relieved of his position due to his failing health. He returned to the low countries to reside in Louvain (now in Belgium) where he died in 1556.
*the series inaccurately shows Princess Mary being informed of his death much earlier
Position: Spanish Imperial Ambassador to England
Personality Type: Very good at capturing the details of people. Very alert, with a legal mind, a good describer of events, peoples, and places. A methodical observer and keen analyst.
Signature look: That of a well dressed court official; dark Spanish influence evident in clothes.
Endearing trait(s): He was tireless in championing Queen Katherine of Aragon and Princess Mary Tudor and remained loyal to Emperor Charles V all his life.
Annoying trait(s): If you were an enemy to those he was loyal to, don't expect any compliments. In fact, his letters will be quite biased concerning you.
" I never took him for a wide man,
but for one that used to speak without
respect of honesty or truth, so it might
serve his turn. He is a great practicer
of tale-telling, lying and flattering".
- Sir William Paget
a somewhat biased contemporary
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Louis Chapuys (father)
Queen Katherine of Aragon
Princess Mary Tudor, later Mary I
*in the series William Brereton (unlikely in real life)
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|HeroineAddict||Yay! Chapuys is back (page: 1 2)||25||Dec 6 2010, 5:36 PM EST by AJBates|
Thread started: Mar 8 2009, 10:56 AM EDT Watch
I had a little squee when I saw the promo pics, plus Chapuys. I hadn't heard anything about him coming back for S3, and it would have been a shame because he's a great, mercurial character. Love Anthony Brophy :-)
|karenofbethany||Chapuys||11||Mar 17 2009, 11:39 PM EDT by tudorcrazy|
Thread started: Jan 22 2009, 1:47 PM EST Watch
Does any one know of resources regarding Chapuys' writings? There are exerpts of them in so many books, he is like a peripheral gold-mine of observation (even though he is subjective) (like Samuel Pepys' diaries) and I would love to read a collection of his letters, etc.) Thanks!
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