Diplomatic gifts: instruments for the dialogue between the Holy See and the Spanish Monarchy in the Eighteenth century

Journal title CHEIRON
Author/s Natalia González Heras
Publishing Year 2022 Issue 2020/1-2 Language Italian
Pages 18 P. 208-225 File size 291 KB
DOI 10.3280/CHE2020-010
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Relations between the Holy See and the Spanish Monarchy in the second half of the Eighteenth century were characterized by tension. The main objective of this work is to analyze some of its testimonies in certain political situations, starting from the study of the gift practice, which was part of the ceremony associated with the public entrance of the apostolic nuncios to Madrid. We will observe four entrances - one for the reign of Ferdinand VI (1746-1759) and three for that of the successor, Charles III (1759-1788) - which will allow us to investigate what lies behind the merely material aspects of the objects sent by the Pope to the Spanish Kings and members of their Court during the century.

Keywords: Gift, Diplomacy, Holy See, Spanish Monarchy, Apostolic Nuncio.

Natalia González Heras, Doni diplomatici: strumenti per il dialogo tra la Santa Sede e la Monarchia spagnola nel XVIII secolo in "CHEIRON" 1-2/2020, pp 208-225, DOI: 10.3280/CHE2020-010