Rome as a 'Spanish Avignon'? The Spanish Faction and the Monarchy of Philip II

Book chapter


Pattenden, Miles 2016. Rome as a 'Spanish Avignon'? The Spanish Faction and the Monarchy of Philip II. in: P. Baker-Bates and M. Pattenden (ed.) The Spanish Presence in Sixteenth-Century Italy: Images of Iberia United Kingdom: Routledge. pp. 65 - 84
AuthorsPattenden, Miles
EditorsP. Baker-Bates and M. Pattenden
Abstract

[Extract] In the late sixteenth century Spain seemed to dominate the political culture of papal Rome. Her king Philip II surrounded the pope’s territories with his own dominions and his numerous clients throughout the city at times seemed to populate half the papal court. The new ‘pax hispanica’ across Italy hemmed in every pope from Paul III to the end of the seventeenth century. Save for Paul IV’s brief – and disastrous – attempt to break the shackles, none would confront it directly until the Habsburg dynasty itself. Italy’s clerical elite feared the might of Spanish arms; as a result, they instead looked for ways to accommodate themselves to the de facto realities of Spanish rule. On the surface, at least, the exercise of soft imperial power and the ubiquitous symbols of Spanish patronage thus shaped the Counter-Reformation’s developing cultural milieu. It is no surprise that the historian Thomas Dandelet has drawn parallels with the papacy’s earlier phase under the French thumb. For him, this era of papal history was every bit as Spanish as if Spain had officially ruled in Rome; it was, in effect, a new ‘Spanish Avignon’.

Page range65 - 84
Year2016
Book titleThe Spanish Presence in Sixteenth-Century Italy: Images of Iberia
PublisherRoutledge
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
SeriesTransculturalisms, 1400-1700
ISBN9781472441492
Web address (URL)https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/acu/detail.action?docID=1869312
Research GroupInstitute for Religion and Critical Inquiry
Permalink -

https://acuresearchbank.acu.edu.au/item/854w5/rome-as-a-spanish-avignon-the-spanish-faction-and-the-monarchy-of-philip-ii

Restricted files

Publisher's version

  • 1
    total views
  • 0
    total downloads
  • 1
    views this month
  • 0
    downloads this month

Export as

Related outputs

The Jesuit Giambattista Tolomei (1653–1726): Cardinal and philosopher
Pattenden, Miles 2020. The Jesuit Giambattista Tolomei (1653–1726): Cardinal and philosopher. Journal of Jesuit Studies. 7 (4), pp. 570 - 591. https://doi.org/10.1163/22141332-00704004
The Roman Curia
Pattenden, Miles 2019. The Roman Curia. in: P. M. Jones, B. Wisch and S. Ditchfield (ed.) A Companion to Early Modern Rome, 1492-1692 Leiden, Netherlands: Brill. pp. 44 - 59
Cultures of secrecy in pre-modern papal elections
Pattenden, Miles 2018. Cultures of secrecy in pre-modern papal elections. in: S. Ferente, L. Kunčević and M. Pattenden (ed.) Cultures of Voting in Pre-Modern Europe London, United Kingdom: Routledge. pp. 94 - 112
Antonio de Fuenmayor’s life of pius V: A pope in early modern Spanish historiography
Pattenden, Miles 2018. Antonio de Fuenmayor’s life of pius V: A pope in early modern Spanish historiography. Renaissance Studies. 32 (2), pp. 183 - 200. https://doi.org/10.1111/rest.12276
Electing the Pope in early modern Italy, 1450-1700
Pattenden, Miles 2017. Electing the Pope in early modern Italy, 1450-1700. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.