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The Limits of Royal Authority
Resistance and Obedience in Seventeenth-Century Castile

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  • Date Published: February 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521033633

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  • In what is sometimes called the age of absolutism, Castilian nobles and commoners, tribunes and towns, were to a considerable degree able to resist and shape royal commands. This is a study of one such form of resistance: the opposition to military levies in the 1630s and 1640s. The assurance with which such a range of people addressed the crown reveals a society in which a great number of people had a great deal to say about the definition and use of political power.

    • An interesting and accessibly written book which combines narrative with historical analysis
    • Differs from other critiques of absolutism by examining the king's relationship with all his vassals, from an institutional and a social perspective
    • Based on local documents which reveal the voices of ordinary Castilians as they spoke to the Crown
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    • Winner, 2000 Leo Gershoy Award, American Historical Association

    Reviews & endorsements

    "...a new and compelling look at Habsburg Spain's century of gold and war." Luis R. Corteguera, American Historical Review

    "This book is both a tightly focused study of military recruitment in seventeenth - century Castile and an original, convincing analysis of the nature of Habsburg adsolutism that takes into account recent theorizing about the origins and consolidation of the early modern state." Carolyn P. Boyd, The Journal Of Interdisciplinary History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521033633
    • length: 212 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.324kg
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Recruitment and royal authority
    2. Making soldiers of townsmen
    3. War, lords, and vassals
    4. Common claims

  • Author

    Ruth MacKay


    • Winner, 2000 Leo Gershoy Award, American Historical Association

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