The World of the Favourite

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The World of the Favourite

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Observers in England, Spain, France, and many other European states in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries grew increasingly alarmed by the growing influence of favourites, or minister-favourites. These individuals appeared to be usurping powers and duties normally exercised by monarchs. In this pioneering book, a team of international scholars considers the emergence of favourites in Europe. The contributors examine the relation of the rise of the European favourite to various aspects of power politics and court culture. They also investigate how the careers of individual favourites cast light on broader historic and power issues.

Probing beyond the well-known life stories of such individual favourites and minister-favourites as the Duke of Buckingham, Cardinal Richelieu, and the Count-Duke of Olivares, the contributors inquire into the phenomenon of these powerful figures. Was their appearance on the European scene a matter of chance? How is it to be explained? How did favourites win, and retain, their hold on power? What was their relationship to their royal masters? How did they view themselves, and how did their contemporaries see them? And why did monarchs increasingly choose to rule without favourites as the seventeenth century drew to a close? This book provides many new insights into the intriguing role of the favourite in Early Modern Europe.

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Elliott, Regius Professor Emeritus of modern history, Oxford, and Brockliss, a reader in modern history and fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, have assembled a series of essays that grew out of a colloquium on the influence of the "favourite" on European history, the favourite being an individual who has great access to and influence over the reigning sovereign. Favorites, an old phenomenon in Western history, include Sejanus, favourite of the Roman Emperor Tiberius, and Piers Gaveston, favourite of the English King Edward II. The favourite has not enjoyed a popular press. One has only to turn to the portrait of Cardinal Richelieu, favourite of the French King Louis XIII, depicted by Dumas and others, to observe the negative feelings that favourites engender in the popular imagination. Nevertheless, they influenced European history, especially in the 16th and 17th centuries, and deserve to be studied more systematically. These essays cover the origins and emergence of the favourite, their actions in political office, their representation in the arts, and, lastly, their decline as a governmental phenomenon. Recommended for academic libraries.ARobert James Andrews, Duluth P.L., MN
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