chapter  7
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1625: ‘Your Glorious Match with France’

James had agreed to Mansfeld’s military operations in the Palatinate on the assumption that these would not involve him in war with Spain, for although Spanish troops were in occupation of part of Frederick’s territories they were there in the name of the Emperor. No doubt Spain could make a casus belli out of Mansfeld’s intervention if she wished, but there were good reasons for supposing that she would prefer to maintain peace with England. The Emperor’s attitude, however, was less predictable, and it was for this reason that James was sc insistent upon French cooperation, for he had no intention of becoming involved in hostilities in Germany without the support of powerful allies.