A Venetian's Description of the Council, 16O3

Giovanni Carlo Scaramelli, Venetian Secretary in England, to the Doge and Senate:

       . . . I accordingly went down to Richmond, although it was Easter Day, and found all the Palace, outside and in, full of an extraordinary crowd almost in uproar and on the tip-toe of expectation. I was immediately introduced into the Council Chamber. There I found sitting on long benches on each side of a table the Lord Chancellor, the Treasurer, the High Admiral, the Equerry (Scudiero), the Lord Chief justice of England, the Treasurer and the Comptroller of the Royal Household, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and others not Peers but Knights. They numbered eleven in all, and no one was missing except the Archbishop of Canterbury, who is Primate of England and President of the Council as well. I was received with every mark of respect for your Serenity, although, as I have already reported, these Lords of the Council behave like so many kings. They compelled me to sit down on a brocaded chair at the head of the table, and listened to me with gracious and friendly mien.. . . [7 April, 1603]

                                                                                                        [Calendar of State Papers (Venetian), 1592-1603, p. 567.]