Prelude to Disaster; The Precipitation of the War of the Mantuan Succession, 1627–29

@article{Stradling1990PreludeTD,
  title={Prelude to Disaster; The Precipitation of the War of the Mantuan Succession, 1627–29},
  author={Robert A. Stradling},
  journal={The Historical Journal},
  year={1990},
  volume={33},
  pages={769 - 785}
}
  • R. Stradling
  • Published 1 December 1990
  • Political Science
  • The Historical Journal
Cardinal Richelieu's spectacular military intervention in Italy in 1629 plunged his ministry into a desperate crisis from which it only narrowly emerged intact. It marked the definitive departure of France upon the difficult road of outright opposition to the Habsburg hegemony in Europe. This policy – as the cardinal well knew – was in many ways potentially counter-productive, with a risk factor so high that failure might well entail the end, not only of his personal career, but with it the… 

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For other major interceptions, see ibid. fos. 327-8. The English state papers for the 1620s contain several dozen such 'leaks' from the headquarters of the Spanish system

  • Richelieu's marginal notes on copies of Olivares' proposals

Strata's letter also allowed Paris an insight into the nature of Spi'nola's quarrel with Olivares, which had ominous financial implications -see Stradling

    Carlo Strata to Filippo Spi'nola