A Europe of Courts, a Europe of Factions


In A Europe of Courts, a Europe of Factions the contributors offer an analysis of the political groups of the most representative European courts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Transcending individual cases, this collection presents the first comparative overview of the phenomenon of court factionalism.
Through original research and a critical approach, González Cuerva and Koller explore in depth the emergence, coexistence and image of court factions. This contribution to the debate on the nature of early modern policy-making is enriched with a European-wide focus, which allows comparison of the circumstantial and micropolitical factors accounting for the spread of factions and the conditions in which they functioned. It also allows partisan sources to be examined with the necessary caution.

Contributors are Stefano Andretta, Janet Dickinson, Luc Duerloo, Pavel Marek, José Martínez Millán, Toby Osborne, David Potter, Jonathan Spangler, Evrim Türkçelik, and Maria Antonietta Visceglia.

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Rubén González Cuerva, Ph.D. (1983), is Postdoctoral Researcher of Early Modern History at the CSIC, Madrid. He has published on the diplomacy and courts of the Habsburgs, including Baltasar de Zúñiga, una encrucijada de la Monarquía hispana (Polifemo, 2012).

Alexander Koller, Prof. Dr. (1960), is deputy director of the German Historical Institute in Rome, editor of QFIAB and teaches Modern History at the University of Leipzig. Among his publications on Papal-Imperial relations is Imperator und Pontifex (Aschendorff, 2012).
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Photography of a Ghost: Factions in Early Modern Courts
Rubén González Cuerva and Alexander Koller

LONDON Redefining Faction at the Tudor Court
Janet Dickinson

PARIS Faction, alliance and Political Action in Early Modern France: The Dilemma of Antoine de Bourbon King of Navarre in 1559–1562
David Potter

ROME International Politics, Factions and Parties in the Roman Curia During the Late 16th Century
Maria Antonietta Visceglia

ISTANBUL Meritocracy, Factionalism and Ottoman Grand Admirals in the Context of Mediterranean Politics
Evrim Türkçelik

MADRID Factions and Political Groups at Philip II’s Court: Albists vs Ebolists
José Martínez Millán

VIENNA/PRAGUE The Dynastic Network between the Imperial and the Spanish Courts (1556–1619)
Rubén González Cuerva and Pavel Marek

BRUSSELS Hawks, Doves and Magpies: The Business of Faction at the Court of the Archdukes
Luc Duerloo

VENICE Giovani and vecchi: The Factionary Spirit in 16th and 17th Centuries Patrician Venice between Myth and Reality
Stefano Andretta

NANCY Court Faction Overwhelmed by Circumstance: The Duchy of Lorraine Torn between Bourbon and Habsburg, 1624–1737
Jonathan Spangler

TURIN Delineating Early Modern Factions: A Unique 17th Century Document
Toby Osborne


Anyone interested in early modern European politics or concerned with social groupings and court history, especially scholars and researchers.
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