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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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Government and Society after Olivares

Government and Society after Olivares

(p.93) 4 Government and Society after Olivares
Royal Favouritism and the Governing Elite of the Spanish Monarchy, 1640-1665

Alistair Malcolm

Oxford University Press

This is a chapter about relationships: relationships between individual nobles, between different aristocratic groups, and between Philip IV’s numerous territorial possessions. It argues that the Spanish Monarchy was much better integrated than has often been understood, and that Philip IV’s monarchy was, for the most part, a stable and well-governed place. Evidence for such a positive vision can be found in testaments, marriage alliances, the fiscal contributions of the different territories, and the interaction of individuals and institutions. Nevertheless, for Spain to continue to hold its own as a great European power there was also a need for a more flexible approach to government, one that had to extend to the readmission of a valido—albeit a valido who promised to be more compliant than his predecessor towards the laws and privileges of Philip IV’s subjects.

Keywords:   revolt, authority, jurisdictions, testaments, institutions, nobility, fiscality, integration, honour, Riaño y Gamboa

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