The political constitution of the Iberian monarchies

Pedro Cardim, Antonio Feros, Gaetano Sabatini

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The creation of what are known as the Iberian monarchies was the more or less unforeseeable outcome of a series of political and dynastic processes. Equally crucial for defining the constitutional profile of each of the Iberian kingdoms was the institutionalisation of their legal systems. This chapter analyses the political processes that affected the European territories of composite monarchies, the multiregional or composite nature of these monarchies was a central element in the forms of government and contemporary political discourses. A symbolic power which, expressed through images and political discourse, allowed for the creation of powerful bonds of loyalty with the monarch, and a surprisingly stable political system. In the Iberian monarchies, for a period at least until the mid-seventeenth century, there was profound reflection on political life and its main actors—in philosophical and legal treatises, mirrors of princes, treatises in defence of the cities, or in theatre plays, novels, and other literary genres.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Iberian World
Subtitle of host publication1450–1820
EditorsFernando Bouza, Pedro Cardim, Antonio Feros
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic) 9780429283697, 9781000527476
ISBN (Print)9781138921016
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameRoutledge Worlds
PublisherTaylor & Francis Group


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