In 1611, George Abbot became the archbishop of Canterbury. This caused …show more content…
The puritans were not appeased; it would surely reinforce the previous ‘chapter’ of Bancroft’s anti-puritan concepts. In 1620 some extreme puritans even decided to emigrate to America on the Mayflower, rather than remain and watch their religious world fall down around them. In this sense the Spanish match worked as a huge disadvantage for James, as it damaged a very stable relationship with puritans, among other factors.
Ironically, it can be argued that eventually the Spanish Match worked as an advantage in terms of dealing with this broken bond with puritans. In 1623, Charles and Buckingham were finally returned to England from Spain. This in itself felt like a minor victory for the puritans as they had obtained their rightful heir, regardless of the Catholics attempts.
Finally realisation had occurred to James that the Spanish Match was not, and never was going to be achieved. Due to the outrageous humiliation and disillusion caused by Spain, James was now overwhelmed with revenge, ironically making war an inevitable factor. This pleased the Protestants even further as their country were finally gaining aspect of power and control, calling war with the Catholics. Therefore making war a desirable factor and emphasising a sense of closure to the mild conflict between James and the puritans.
In conclusion, I believe James was successful in maintaining stability and dealing