Royal Favouritism and the Governing Elite of the Spanish Monarchy, 1640-1665 by Alistair MalcolmRoyal Favouritism and the Governing Elite of the Spanish Monarchy, 1640-1665 by Alistair Malcolm

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

byAlistair Malcolm

Hardcover | January 14, 2017

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Royal Favouritism and the Governing Elite of the Spanish Monarchy, 1640-1665 presents a study of the later years of the reign of Philip IV from the perspective of his favourite (valido), don Luis Mendez de Haro, and of the other ministers who helped govern the Spanish Habsburg Monarchy. Itoffers a positive vision of a period that is often seen as one of failure and decline. Unlike his predecessors, Haro exercised the favour that he enjoyed in a discreet way, acting as a perfect courtier and honest broker between the king and his aristocratic subjects. Nevertheless, Alistair Malcolmalso argues that the presence of a royal favourite at the head of the government of Spain amounted to a major problem. The king's delegation of his authority to a single nobleman was considered by many to have been incompatible with good kingship, and Philip IV was himself very uneasy about failing in his responsibilities as a ruler. Haro was thus in a highly insecure situation, and sought to justify his regime byorganizing the management of a prestigious and expensive foreign policy. In this context, the eventual conclusion of the very honourable peace with France in 1659 is shown to have been as much the result of the independent actions of other ministers as it was of a royal favourite very reluctantlybrought to the negotiating table at the Pyrenees. By conclusion, the quite sudden collapse of Spanish European hegemony after Haro's death in 1661 is represented as a delayed reaction to the repercussions of a flawed system of government.
Alistair Malcolm studied History at the Universities of St Andrews and Oxford, and is currently a lecturer at the University of Limerick. He is a specialist in the cultural and political history of Spain during its Golden Age. His current projects are a general study of the effects of court favouritism on policy-making in Spain during ...
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Title:Royal Favouritism and the Governing Elite of the Spanish Monarchy, 1640-1665Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pagesPublished:January 14, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPART I: THE PROBLEM OF THE VALIDO1. Kingship and the perfect courtier2. The royal family and its entourage3. Personal rule, 1643-1648PART II: THE MINISTERIAL ELITE4. Government and society after Olivares5. Ins and outs: the appointment and employment of ministers6. 'Other people' and 'different ministers': a factionless era?PART III: WAR AND PEACE IN EUROPE7. Sustaining the conflict, 1648-16578. Crisis and revival, 1657-1659Aftermath: the unravelling of a valimiento, 1659-1661Epilogue: personal rule and regency during the 1660sBibliography