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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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Ins and Outs

Ins and Outs

The Appointment and Employment of Ministers

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

Alistair Malcolm

Oxford University Press

An important way in which the valido could guarantee a favourable environment in Madrid was to exploit the geographical configuration of the wider monarchy. Appointments to prestigious positions at a distance from court were made for various reasons, and the recipients had different motives for accepting or objecting. However, during the 1640s and 1650s, there was a clear tendency for older aristocrats, who had some right to expect influential and lucrative offices in Madrid, to find themselves kicking their heals in foreign parts. This chapter looks at the business of making appointments, and examines the fortunes of the king’s servants in the field, comparing their lot with those who were allowed to serve at the king’s side. It also makes the qualification that this method of political exclusion could only be temporary, as experienced ministers eventually had to be brought back, and somehow employed within the governing set-up in Madrid.

Keywords:   viceroys, ambassadors, nepotism, public service, exile, convents, cursus honorum, Castel Rodrigo, Medina de las Torres, Siruela

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