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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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‘Other People’ and ‘Different Ministers’

‘Other People’ and ‘Different Ministers’

A Factionless Era?

(p.138) 6 ‘Other People’ and ‘Different Ministers’
Royal Favouritism and the Governing Elite of the Spanish Monarchy, 1640-1665

Alistair Malcolm

Oxford University Press

The sixth chapter identifies the political and family networks associated with don Luis de Haro. At the apex of the government was a triumvirate of the king, his valido, and the secretary of the universal dispatch, don Fernando de Fonseca Ruiz de Contreras. They directed and coordinated a close-knit regime of council presidents, each of whom possessed their own clients who could be placed at the service of the regime. Alongside this political network, Haro possessed ties of kinship with aristocrats of the highest status. Together, they succeeded remarkably well in the business of mobilizing the resources of the monarchy. However, the valido’s management of patronage and kinship also suggests an underlying insecurity evidenced by his desire to associate his dynasty with royal blood, and by his unwillingness in his political relationships to countenance failure or disloyalty.

Keywords:   clientage, (a) Castrillo, (b) Leganés, Medinaceli, Segorbe, Velada, Los Balbases, Peñaranda, (c) Góngora, (d) Ruiz de Contreras

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