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The Spanish Habsburgs and Dynastic Rule, 1500–1700

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ISBN 9781032313474
June 1, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
368 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Providing a novel research methodology for students and scholars with an interest in dynasties, at all levels, this book explores the Spanish Habsburg dynasty, that ruled the Spanish monarchy between c. 1515 and 1700.

Instead of focusing on the reigns of successive kings, the book focuses on the Habsburgs as a family group, that was constructed in various ways: as a community of heirs, a genealogical narrative, a community of the dead and a ruling family group. These constructions reflect the fact that dynasties do not only exist in the present, as kings, queens, or governors, but also in the past, in genealogies, and in the future, as a group of hypothetical heirs.

This book analyses how dynasties were ‘made’ by the people belonging to it. It uses a social institutionalist framework to analyse how family dynamics gave rise to practices and roles. The kings of Spain only had limited power to control the construction of their dynasty, since births and deaths, processes of dynastic centralisation, pressure from subjects, relatives’ individual agency, rivalry among relatives and the institutionalisation of roles limited his power.

Including several genealogical tables to support students new to the Spanish Habsburgs, this book is essential reading for all students of early modern Europe and the history of monarchy.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Who was Prince Filiberto of Austria? 1. Dynastic Centralisation: Tradition and Transformation in Habsburg Succession Practices 2. The Trunk and The Foliage. History versus Reality in Genealogical Narratives 3. Communities of the Dead. Family Dynamics and the Construction of the Dynasty at the Escorial 4. A Widow’s World: The Ruling Family Group in the Early Sixteenth Century 5. The Advent of the Arch-Nephew and the Infanta-Monja: The Ruling Family Group in the Late Sixteenth Century 6. The Legacy of Catalina: The Ruling Family Group in the Seventeenth Century 7. A Coda: The Medici as Habsburgs? 8. The Past, Present and Future of Dynasty

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Liesbeth Geevers is Associate professor in History at Lund University, Sweden; PhD at University of Amsterdam (2008); her research interests include dynasties, dynastic identity and diplomacy. Among publications: ed. with Mirella Marini, Dynastic Identity in Early Modern Europe. Rulers, aristocrats and the formation of identities (2015)