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Royal Favouritism and the Governing Elite of the Spanish Monarchy, 1640-1665
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Royal Favouritism and the Governing Elite of the Spanish Monarchy, 1640-1665

Alistair Malcolm

Abstract

This book presents a study of the later years of the reign of Philip IV from the perspective of his favourite (valido), don Luis Méndez de Haro, and of the other ministers who played a role in the government of the Spanish Habsburg Monarchy. It offers a positive vision of a period that is often seen as one of failure and decline. Unlike his predecessors, Haro exercised the favour that he enjoyed in a discreet way, acting as a perfect courtier, and honest broker between the king and his aristocratic subjects. Nevertheless, there was still a major problem, because the ruler’s delegation of his a ... More

Keywords: Philip IV, Habsburg Spain, Haro, Mazarin, aristocracy, minister-favourite, valido/privado, Westphalia, kingship, diplomacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198791904
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198791904.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alistair Malcolm, author
Lecturer in History, University of Limerick