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

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

by Antonio Feros, John Elliott
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The reign of Philip III of Spain (1598SH1621) has been viewed traditionally as the age when Spain's world power started to wane. This book reappraises this interpretation and demonstrates that this period represented a realignment of Spanish power in world affairs. It also analyzes the career of the Duke of Lerma, Philip III's chief minister, the first of a series of European royal favorites (such as the Duke of Buckingham, Cardinal Richelieu, and the Count-Duke of Olivares) who influenced politics, court culture and the arts during the seventeenth century.

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ISBN-13: 9780521025324
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/28/2006
Series: Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction; 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; Bibliography; Index.

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