Mompelgard, Frederick, Count of

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He visited England in 1592, and had trouble with his post-horses. He became Duke of Wurttemberg in 1593. He coveted the title of Knight of the Garter, which he claimed Elizabeth had offered him. She eventually gave him it in 1597, but omitted to tell him so. The episode appears to be alluded to in The Merry Wives of Windsor, which may have been written for the Garter ceremony of 1597, at which the Duke was installed in his absence. The play includes a horse-stealing episode, with a reference to ‘cozen Garmombles’ (iv. v. 72, quarto text only), which may be a joke on his name, with other possible allusions.

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