After the conclusion of the Treaty of London (1604) a diplomatic team
arrived in Brussels. William Trumbull was the main secretary to the ambassador,
Sir Thomas Edmondes. After the departure of Edmondes in 1609,
Trumbull remained as agent in the archducal Netherlands until the death of
king James and the start of a new Anglo-Spanish war under Charles I (1625).
His career sheds some light on how the lower gentry in England gained access
to the Jacobean diplomatic corps, renowned for its professionalism. As one of
the longest serving representatives of James VI/I at a foreign court and thanks
to his extensive correspondence it is possible to look at his carreer in detail.