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Alexander Samson is the Director of CELL and a Reader in Early Modern Studies at University College London, where he teaches the literature, history and culture of early modern Spain and Latin America. He has edited volumes on The Spanish Match: Prince Charles’s Journey to Madrid, 1623 (Ashgate, 2006), a Companion to Lope de Vega with Jonathan Thacker (Tamesis, 2008) and Locus amoenus: Gardens and Horticulture in Early Modern Europe, a special issue of the journal Renaissance Studies, as well as publishing numerous articles on topics ranging from the marriage of Philip II and Mary Tudor, historiography and royal chroniclers in sixteenth-century Spain, Lope de Vega, firearms, Diego Hurtado de Mendoza, Cervantes, Spanish renaissance gardens, and female Golden Age dramatists. His book Mary Tudor and the Habsburg Marriage: England and Spain 1553 – 1557 is due out soon. His research interests include the influence of Spanish culture in early modern England, festival texts, the Habsburg empire under Charles V and early colonial history.