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This chapter traces some broader patterns of religious and ethnic conflict in mid-sixteenth-century Europe. It become familiar with the Black Legend' of Spanish cruelty and fanaticism as it developed in England after the reign of Mary Tudor. The encounters between the Spanish priests and the English bishops were characterised by obstinacy on the part of the prisoners, combined with frustration on the part of their interrogators. English merchants in Spain were falling foul of the Inquisition as early as 1534, Thomas Cromwell raising the matter with the imperial ambassador, Eustace Chapuys, in October of that year, and again in February 1535. In November 1538 Henry's ambassadors in Brussels were challenged over dinner that religion was extinct in Englande. The following year Lord Lisle complained that the religious controversies in Calais had led universally in all parts overseas, as France and Flanders and other exterior parts, to run into great slanders, endangering all the king's subjects.