9780521561136

Kingship and Favoritism in the Spain of Philip III, 1598–1621

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    9780521561136

  • ISBN10:

    0521561132

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-08-15
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

The enthronement of Philip III of Spain (Philip II's son and heir) in 1598 also meant the rise to power of the duke of Lerma, the first of a series of European favourites/prime ministers who influenced greatly politics, government, court culture and the arts during the seventeenth century. This book analyses the contexts that explain the rise of Lerma, as well as discourses on kingship and favouritism, and governmental and institutional initiatives taken during Philip III's reign (1598-1621) - a key historical period for our understanding of early modern Spain. Although this book focuses on the reign of Philip III, it also addresses broader historiographical matters. How was power exercised in personal monarchies? What discourses were used to justify royal power? How was kingship publicly represented? How was favouritism conceptualized and legitimized? Was the effect of the rise of the favourite/prime minister upon the constitution of personal monarchies and on the political and ideological struggles?

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
xi
Acknowledgments xiii
List of abbreviations
xv
Introduction 1(8)
Part I The rising stars 9(56)
Introduction
11(4)
The education of a king
15(17)
The making of a favorite
32(16)
Continuity or reform?
48(17)
Part II The king's valido 65(70)
Introduction
67(4)
The power of the king
71(20)
In his image and likeness
91(19)
The king's chief minister
110(25)
Part III Monarchy in action 135(72)
Introduction
137(6)
``We need miracles''
143(20)
A corrupt regime?
163(26)
The regime's answer: peace and Catholicism
189(18)
Part IV Reversal of fortune 207(55)
Introduction
209(4)
Ideological confrontation and factional division
213(17)
Fall from power
230(17)
In search of culprits
247(15)
Epilogue: The end of the privado 262(9)
Bibliography 271(22)
Index 293

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