Gondomar, Diego Sarmiento de Acuña, conde de
, 1567?-1626, Spanish ambassador to England (1613-18, 1620-22). He gained great influence over James I
and dissuaded him from giving real assistance to James's son-in-law, Frederick the Winter King
, at the outset of the Thirty Years War
. He also demanded the execution (1618) of Sir Walter Raleigh
. Gondomar was highly unpopular in England and was attacked in Thomas Middleton
's play A Game at Chess.
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