Leuven University Press

  • Un regard renouvelé sur la cour de Bruxelles à l'époque moderne

    Les Gouverneurs-généraux des Pays-Bas espagnols du dix-septième siècle bénéficiaient du conseil de leur confesseur. Ce directeur spirituel, issu du clergé régulier, tint un rôle significatif dans l'organisation du pouvoir politique bruxellois.

    Cette étude, qui couvre la période courant des archiducs Albert et Isabelle jusqu'au dernier Gouverneur-général issu de la famille royale, soit les années 1598 à 1659, propose, pour la première fois, une approche transversale de la fonction. L'auteur démontre que ces religieux furent souvent impliqués dans des questions politiques et courtisanes de première importance. En exposant combien les parcours individuels de ces religieux furent singuliers, Pierre-François Pirlet souligne également le polymorphisme de leur action. Enfin, ce volume met en évidence les liens étroits qu'entretinrent ces conseillers avec la Couronne espagnole, les autorités ecclésiastiques et les membres de la cour de Bruxelles.

  • Small power diplomacy in seventeenth century Europe.

    War, State and Society in Liège is a fascinating case study of the consequences of war in the Prince-Bishopric of Liège and touches upon wider issues in early modern history, such as small power diplomacy in the seventeenth century and during the Nine Years' War.

    For centuries, the small semi-independent Holy Roman Principality of Liège succeeded in preserving a non-belligerent role in European conflicts. During the Nine Years' War (1688-1697), however, Liège's leaders had to abolish the practice of neutrality. For the first time in its early modern history, the Prince-Bishopric had to raise a regular army, reconstruct ruined defence structures, and supply army contributions in both money and material.

    /> The issues under discussion in War, State and Society in Liège offer the reader insight into how Liège politically protected its powerful institutions and how the local elite tried to influence the interplay between domestic and external diplomatic relationships.

  • This volume focuses on the various Habsburg courts and households of the two branches of the dynasty that arose following the division of the territories originally held by Charles V. The authors trace the connections between these courtly communities regardless of their standing or composition, exposing the underlying network they formed.

    By cutting across the traditional division in the historiography between the Spanish and Austrian Habsburgs and also examining the roles played by the courts and households of lesser known members of the dynasty, this volume determines to what degree the organization followed a particular model and to what extent individuals were able to move between courts in pursuit of career opportunities and advancement.

    Contributors
    Alejandro López Álvarez (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Carlos Javier Carlos Morales (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Olivier Chaline (Université Paris IV - Sorbonne), Alicia Esteban Estríngana (Universidad de Alcalá), José Eloy Hortal Muñoz (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos), Birgit Houben (University of Antwerp), Katrin Keller (Universität Wien), José Martínez Millán (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Manuel Rivero (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Astrid von Schlachta (Universität Regensburg), Werner Thomas (KU Leuven)

  • La Corte y las Casas Reales resultaron fundamentales en la organización política de las Monarquías modernas. Sin duda, Borgoña resultó de especial relevancia en la gestación de dicho proceso, pues su Casa Ducal adquirió una perfección reconocida por el resto de monarquías del momento. Dicho servicio a la borgoñona llegó a la Monarquía Hispana a través de Felipe I, consiguiendo imponerse a las Casas menos desarrolladas de Aragón y Castilla y convirtiéndose en la Casa de una Monarquía Universal.
    El presente libro pretende situar a la Casa de Borgoña de los Habsburgo hispanos en el papel nuclear que tuvo en la gestación de la Monarquía Hispánica. Al mismo tiempo, nos permite ser conscientes de que el estudio de la Historia Moderna no se ha agotado, ante la necesidad de explicar la historia de las Monarquías modernas europeas a través del análisis de la Corte y las Casas Reales.

    Courts and royal households played a crucial role in the development of the political organization of early modern monarchies. The Duchy of Burgundy was the first to establish a highly sophisticated household that approximated perfection at the organizational level, and for this reason was recognised by contemporary monarchies. Philip I introduced this so called 'Burgundian household' at the court of Castile. Soon it managed to reinforce its preeminence over other less developed households of the Spanish monarchy, such as those of Aragon and Castile, and it became the sole household of the Universal Monarchy.

    This book presents a wide-ranging and in depth portrait of the exceptional Burgundian household of the Spanish Habsburg kings, and reinterprets its role at the heart of the Spanish monarchy. This reference work, by the hands of several experts in the field, is a must have for every researcher interested in early modern political and institutional history. All texts are in Spanish.


    Contributors
    P. Capdepón Verdú (Universidad de Castilla La Mancha), J.-M. Cauchies (Facultés universitaires Saint-Louis à Bruxelles/Université catholique de Louvain), F. Cosandey (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales), C.J. de Carlos Morales (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid/IULCE), R. P. Fagel (Universiteit Leiden/IULCE), J. A. Guillén Berrendero (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid/IULCE), J.E. Hortal Muñoz (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos/IULCE), E. Jiménez Pablo (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid/IULCE), T. Knighton (Institució Milà i Fontanals-CSIC), F. Labrador Arroyo (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos/IULCE), A. López Álvarez (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid/IULCE), M. Luzzi Traficante (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid/IULCE), J. Martínez Millán (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid/IULCE), D. Nogales Rincón (Centro de História. Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa/Fundación para la Ciencia y la Tecnología), L. Oliván Santaliestra (Universidad de Granada), M. de los Ángeles Pérez Samper (Universidad de Barcelona/IULCE), H. Pizarro Llorente (Universidad Pontificia de Comillas/IULCE), B. Alice Raviola (Università di Torino/IULCE), É. Rocher (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales)

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