An other King. The minister-favourite in Seventeenth Century Europe

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The course requires the previous attendance of the other course on La politica Barocca to which it is closely related.


The present course builds on the previous one, devoted to politics in the Baroque age. Here we will examine in particular the emergence and then the decline between the death of Philip II of Habsburg (1598) and the Peace of the Pyrenees and the death of Mazarin (1661) of a new figure of the goivernante, no longer a mere favorite, but a concrete manager of royal sovereignty both in terms of grace and government. The course will explain the reasons for the rise of this model in the main European monarchies (with exponents such as Lerma, Olivares, Richelieu and Buckingham) and the causes of its disappearance. Translated with (free version)

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The course intends to offer to both ordinary and advanced students an innovative look at a period of European history, introducing a necessary international dimension and trying to mark a different way of doing political history.

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Bibliographical references will be offered as the lessons progress.