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chip   Link to this

This gentleman, according to Tomalin, preceded Montagu as ambassador to Spain. His wife, Anne, was a memoirist.

Paul Brewster   Link to this

"Sir Richard Fanshawe was a successful Metaphysical poet and Latinist, who performed well as a soldier in the English Civil War and was also a diplomat. He was Ambassador to Portugal and to Spain from 1660 and died at Madrid in 1666. His body and papers were brought back to England by his wife, Ann, Lady Fanshawe, whose Memoirs provide a most loving biography.
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Amongst other duties Sir Richard Fanshawe had responsibility for finalizing the marriage of Charles II and Catherine of Braganza. He oversaw the supply and safety of Tangiers and brokered a peace treaty between Spain and Portugal, despite interference from the English Government. Sir Richard's duties included ensuring the well-being of the troops sent to fight for the Portuguese against the Spanish invaders and to protect British trade and traders.

Sir Richard was required to settle disputes within his own family and household, whilst at the same time maintaining contact with his fellow poets. All these responsibilities wore him down and he died of an ague in 1666, soon after presenting his successor [Mountagu] to the court of Spain."
from a Googled Web site, http://www.maney.co.uk/bkfanshawe.html

vicente   Link to this

Ambassador to
Spain. On June 26, 1666, he died at Madrid of fever at the age of
fifty-eight.

The England to which his wife brought his body had not fulfilled the
high hopes and dreams of the Restoration. The vice, and laxity of
morals into which it was sinking, would certainly have been repugnant
to the clean-living, high-souled statesman, and we can hardly think
him unhappy in the time of his death.

He was buried with much pomp in the Church of St. Mary at Ware, and
his monument stands in a side chapel near the chancel. There, thirteen
years later, his loyal lady and sprightly biographer was laid beside
him in the vault and beneath the monument which she says: "Cost me two
hundred pounds; and here if God pleases I intend to lie myself."
from her diary from the gutternberg press.

vicenzo   Link to this

the ref material:from her notes at
http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext04/mmrsf10.txt

Pedro   Link to this

Sir Richard Fanshawe was one of the very few Englishmen that had a great command of the Portuguese language. He was the intermediary and translator of the correspondence between Catarina and Charles.

He also translated the epic Portuguese poem "Os Lusiadas" into English, and it was published in London in 1655.

Bill   Link to this

On Sir Richard Fanshaw, Knt. and Bart, in the Church of Ware in Hertfordshire.

Sacred to pious Memory. In a Vault near this Monument lies the Body of the very noble Sir Richard Fanshaw, Knt. and Bart, descended from the antient Family of the Fanshaws of Ware-Park in the County of Hertford, being the tenth Child of Sir Henry Fanshaw Knt.
He married Anne, the eldest Daughter of Sir John Harrison Knight, of Balles in the same County, and had by her six Sons and eight Daughters, of whom Richard, Catherine, Margaret, Anne, and Elizabeth, survived him.
A Man most excellent for the Gentleness of his Manners, the Brightness of his Learning, and his constant Loyalty. In Time past, a joyful Exile, he bravely embraced the Calamities of his most serene King Charles the second, and was made by him Secretary at War. Afterwards, (when the Monarchy was happily restored) he was constituted Master of the Requests, Latin Secretary, and a Privy-Councellor both for England and Ireland. He was Representative in Parliament for the University of Cambridge, and his Majesty's Ambassador to the Courts of Portugal and Spain; at which last, having very gallantly discharged his Commission, he changed a most splendid Life for a lamented Death.
This Monument, and the Vault, were built by his most sorrowful Wife, who also brought Home the Body of her Husband by Land from Madrid.
He died the 16th of June, in the Year of our Lord 1666, of his Age, 59.
---Memorials and characters. J. Wilford, 1741.

Bill   Link to this

Sir Richard Fanshawe, who was the tenth and youngest son of sir Henry Fanshawe, of Ware Park in Hertfordshire, united, in an extraordinary degree, the qualifications of the gentleman, the scholar, and the statesman. He was taken early into the service of Charles I. who, in 1635, appointed him resident to the court of Spain; and, in the last year of his reign, made him treasurer of the navy, under the command of prince Rupert. He was secretary of state to Charles II. during his residence in Scotland: and it was strongly expected that he would have been preferred to the same office after the Restoration: but he was, contrary to his own and the general expectation, appointed master of the requests. He was employed in several important embassies in this reign; particularly in negotiating the marriage betwixt the king and the infanta, and putting the last hand to a peace betwixt the kingdoms of Spain and Portugal, which had been for twenty-five years engaged in a ruinous war. He was an exact critic in the Latin tongue, spoke the Spanish with ease and propriety, and perfectly understood the Italian. The politeness of his manners, and the integrity of his life, did not only procure him the love and esteem of his own countrymen, but gained him unusual favour and respect in Spain; among a people notorious for their disregard to strangers, and too apt to overlook all merit but their own. He died at Madrid, June 16, 1666.
---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1779.

Bill   Link to this

FANSHAWE, Sir RICHARD (1608-1666), diplomatist and author; son of Sir Henry Fanshawe; fellow-commoner, Jesus College, Cambridge, 1623; entered the Inner Temple, 1626; given 'credentials for Spain' by Charles I, 1647; ordered to Spain to procure money for the king's cause, 1650; created baronet, 1650; taken prisoner at battle of Worcester, 1651: master of requests and Latin secretary to Prince Charles at the Hague, 1600; M.P., Cambridge University, 1661; privy councillor of Ireland, 1662; ambassador to Portugal, 1662-3; privy councillor, 1663; ambassador to Spain, 1664-6; recalled (1666) for compromising the home government; died at Madrid; left unpublished poems. His published works include translations of Guarini's 'Pastor Fido,' 1647, and of Camoens's 'Lusiad,' 1655.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.

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