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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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Crisis and Revival, 1657–9

Crisis and Revival, 1657–9

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

Alistair Malcolm

Oxford University Press

The events leading up to the signing of a peace at the Pyrenees in 1659 present a case study of the themes discussed over the course of this book: the valido’s fixation with war and foreign policy as a means of justifying his ministry; the tendency for disgruntled ministers in the field to take the law into their own hands; the political repercussions of the return of malcontents to Madrid; and the king’s susceptibility to pressure from his entourage during his sojourns away from Madrid. Haro’s ultimate triumph at the Pyrenees was the result of his ability to exploit the weakness of another minister-favourite, whilst applying all of his skills as a courtier to the field of international diplomacy.

Keywords:   Imperial election, Peñaranda, Pimentel de Prado, Montalto, Pyrenees, Aranjuez, Mazarin, Battle of the Dunes, Battle of Elvas

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