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Kingship and Favoritism in the Spain of Philip III, 1598–1621


Part of Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History

  • Date Published: March 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521025324

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  • The enthronement of Philip III of Spain (Philip II's son and heir) in 1598 also meant the rise to power of the duke of Lerma, the first of a series of European favourites/prime ministers who influenced greatly politics, government, court culture and the arts during the seventeenth century. This 2000 book analyses the contexts that explain the rise of Lerma, as well as discourses on kingship and favouritism, and governmental and institutional initiatives taken during Philip III's reign (1598–1621) - a key historical period for our understanding of early modern Spain. Although this book focuses on the reign of Philip III, it also addresses broader historiographical matters. How was power exercised in personal monarchies? What discourses were used to justify royal power? How was kingship publicly represented? How was favouritism conceptualized and legitimized? Was the effect of the rise of the favourite/prime minister upon the constitution of personal monarchies and on the political and ideological struggles?

    • Provides a sophisticated analysis of the political discourses of the seventeenth century
    • Documents, on the basis of massive archival research, the political career of the duke of Lerma, the first royal favourite/chief minister in early modern Europe
    • Discusses and analyses key topics for the understanding of court life and political culture in seventeenth-century Spain
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… a wide-ranging and provocative study of the development of favouritism under Philip III of Spain.' Patrick Williams, The English Historical Review

    'Feros' far-reaching discussion will be a landmark in the reassessment of this crucial period of Spanish history.' Forum for Modern Language Studies

    'Feros has provided a challenging and provocative book that has undertaken the highly ambitious and difficult task of combining traditional political history with the history of ideas … What Feros says is nothing if not thought-provoking and will repay careful and critical consideration from all specialists in early modern history.' Brill

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521025324
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.474kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Rising Stars: Introduction
    1. The education of a king
    2. The making of a favourite
    3. Continuity or reform?
    Part II. The King's Valido: Introduction
    4. The power of the king
    5. In his image and likeness
    6. The king's chief minister
    Part III. Monarchy in Action: Introduction
    7. 'We need miracles'
    8. A corrupt regime?
    9. The regime's answer: peace and Catholicism
    Part IV: Reversal of Fortune: Introduction
    10. Ideological confrontation and factional division
    11. Fall from power
    12. In search of culprits
    Epilogue: the end of the privado

  • Author

    Antonio Feros, New York University

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