A Constellation of Courts

The Courts and Households of Habsburg Europe, 1555–1665

Edited by René Vermeir, Dries Raeymaekers, and José Eloy Hortal Muñoz

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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.

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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)
Courts and households of the Habsburg dynasty: history and historiography

The political configuration of the Spanish Monarchy: the court and royal households
José Martínez Millán

The court of Madrid and the courts of the viceroys
Manuel Rivero

The economic foundations of the royal household of the Spanish Habsburgs, 1556-;1621
Carlos Javier de Carlos Morales

The household of archduke Albert of Austria from his arrival in Madrid until his election as governor of the Low Countries: 1570-;1595
José Eloy Hortal Muñoz

Flemish elites under Philip III's patronage (1598-1621): household, court and territory in the Spanish Habsburg
Alicia Esteban Estríngana

The 'Spanish Faction' at the court of the archdukes Albert and Isabella
Werner Thomas

“Vous estez les premiers vassaux que j'aye et que j'aime le plus.” Burgundians in the Brussels courts of the widowed Isabella and of the Cardinal-Infant don Ferdinand (1621-1641)*
Birgit Houben

Anne of Austria, founder of the Val-de-Grâce in Paris
Olivier Chaline

Some reflections on the ceremonial and image of the kings and queens of the House of Habsburg in the sixteenth and
seventeenth centuries
Alejandro López àlvarez

From Graz to Vienna: structures and careers in the Frauenzimmer between 1570 and 1657
Katrin Keller

The Innsbruck court in the 17th century: identity and ceremonial of a court in flux
Astrid von Schlachta

Quo vadis: present and potential approaches to the relations between the courts and households of the Habsburg dynasty in the Early Modern period

Appendix: Principal offices of the court of the Spanish Habsburg kings 371


Format: Edited volume - free ebook - PDF

394 pages

ISBN: 9789461664297

Publication: October 21, 2021

Series: Avisos de Flandes 15

Languages: English

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Dries Raeymaekers is lecturer in Early Modern History at Radboud University Nijmegen.
José Eloy Hortal Muñoz is professor of Early Modern History at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.

René Vermeir is professor of Early Modern History at Ghent University.

In drawing attention to such deep structures of court life while acknowledging the flurry of politics, diplomacy and ceremonial, this collection makes an important contribution to our advancing understanding of the early modern court.
Steven Gunn, Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis, Volume 129, Number 3, August 2016, pp. 447-500(54)


That is not to deny the considerable value of this collection, not least in bringing some of the latest research on Habsburg Europe to an anglophone readership and in showing how that research might develop in the future. The collection's brief conclusion deliberately makes the case that this is in effect work in progress. By pointing out further directions for research, the editors remind us of the vitality of work on the Habsburgs as one of Europe's most powerful and dazzling dynasties, and of how much more there is to do.
Toby Osborne, English Historical Review (2016) 131 (552): 1147-1149. doi: 10.1093/ehr/cew206