A Difficult Balancing Act: The Visits of Spanish Monarchs in Early Modern Naples (1506-1702)

Journal title CHEIRON
Author/s Gabriel Guarino
Publishing Year 2022 Issue 2021/1 Language English
Pages 22 P. 68-89 File size 290 KB
DOI 10.3280/CHE2021-001004
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This essay centres on the royal visits in Naples of Ferdinand the Catholic (1506-7), Charles V (1535-6) and Philip V (1702). The historiography has emphasized the visits’ formal aspects, particularly the intricate artistic programmes accompanying the royal entry. The focus here, however, is on those untoward aspects, purposefully avoided in the official documentation - tensions between individuals or groups, mishaps, ceremonial blunders, conflicts of precedence, etc. The findings of this essay show that although the antagonistic nature of the Neapolitan elites shines through in these occasions, their amount of assertiveness varies according to the political sensitivity of each visit and their perception of the monarch’s power and prestige

Keywords: Royal entries; Ceremonial; Conflicts of Precedence; Early Modern Naples; Spanish Monarchy.

Gabriel Guarino, A Difficult Balancing Act: The Visits of Spanish Monarchs in Early Modern Naples (1506-1702) in "CHEIRON" 1/2021, pp 68-89, DOI: 10.3280/CHE2021-001004