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Gondomar, Diego Sarmiento de Acuña, conde de

Gondomar, Diego Sarmiento de Acuña, conde de gŏn´dəmär, Span. dyā´gō särmyān´tō ᵺā äko͞o´nyä kōn´dā ᵺā gōndōmär´ [key], 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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