Roger Palmer, Earl of Castlemaine(1634-1705), Diplomat and author
Sitter in 13 portraits
Shortly after his accession to the throne, James II sent the Earl of Castlemaine, a leading Catholic courtier, on an embassy to the Pope. Ironically this was no more popular with the Pope than it was with the Catholic-fearing people of England; Castlemaine was a particularly tactless envoy and the Pope was more anxious about Louis XIV than interested in James's plans to conquer the Netherlands.
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