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.
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).
Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations
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
VENICEGiovani 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.