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

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198791904

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198791904.001.0001

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Epilogue

Epilogue

Personal Rule and Regency during the 1660s

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198791904.003.0011

During the last four years of his life Philip IV did not appoint another valido. Instead, he relied on individual ministers to take on specific aspects of government. The result was a lack of coordination and a failure of direction, as attempts to reconquer Portugal were humiliatingly defeated, and the government in Paris openly flouted the spirit of the Pyrenees. Moreover the stipulations that Philip made for the regency government of his son were again intended to ensure that a valido situation should not be allowed to recur. The political elite of the reign of Carlos II was one of grandees, albeit grandees who were related closely to the children of Philip IV’s last valido.

Keywords:   Carlos II, Mariana of Austria, regency, Medinaceli, Oyanguren, grandees

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