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Author Topic: Rubens aka SIR Peter Paul Rubens - Was it normal giving foreigners knighthoods  (Read 394 times)

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...way back in 1630?
  I've always thought that giving British knighthoods to foreigners was a relatively recent idea - and also pretty much restricted to bona fide Commonwealth citizens such as Sir Bob Geldof and, very very occasionally, the odd knighthood to a real alien like Sir Bill Gates (for his services to earning an astounding $33 million per day).

So it surprised me when I just read that Rubens had been knighted by King Charles I of England.  Arise Sir Peter Paul Rubens no less!

Now, I vaguely knew that Rubens had also played quite a role as a diplomat, running around between various European seats of power...but there my knowledge of Rubens' knighthood pretty much stops.

Was is it already a standard thing back then doling out British knighthoods to foreigners?  Or was Ruben's knighthood the first knighthood ever given to a foreigner?

On a less important note, was Rubens knighted solely for his services to Art, or to Diplomacy, or to a bit of both?


I realise this is quite an arcane question - but I am hoping there might be an IAer out there who might know the answer.
« Last Edit: 29 December, 2017, 07:44:53 PM by P-Kasso2 »
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