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A Spider In Its Web: Agent And Artist Michel Le Blon And His Northern European Network

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Music and spies always seem to have fascinated audiences throughout history. It is important to keep in mind, however, that the incidents which are today often popularly interpreted as evidence of spying might not necessarily accord with the Renaissance understanding of the term; there is a fine distinction between being an informant and being a spy, and it is evident from the above quotations that neither Holborne nor Ferrabosco were spies in the truest sense. John Dowland's position as an agent as well as a musician is not unique: the royal account books reveal many examples of foreign musicians employed at court receiving orders to travel abroad, usually to their native country, in order to buy instruments and engage new colleagues.

Keywords:John Dowland; musician; Royal Danish Court



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