BEN YESSEF GARFIA, Yasmina R. (2021) Mobilità e cooptazione delle élites al servizio della Monarchia Spagnola policentrica. [Pubblicazione in rivista scientifica]

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Item Type: Pubblicazione in rivista scientifica
Lingua: Italiano
Title: Mobilità e cooptazione delle élites al servizio della Monarchia Spagnola policentrica
Date: 2021
Number of Pages: 14
Institution: Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
Department: Studi Umanistici
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Journal or Publication Title: Mélanges de l'Ecole française de Rome. Italie et Méditerranée modernes et contemporaines
Nazione dell'editore: Francia
Place of Publication: Roma
Publisher: Ecole française de Rome
Date: 2021
ISSN: 1724-2142
Volume: 131
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 51-64
Number of Pages: 14
Uncontrolled Keywords: Polycentric monarchy, Genoese cardinals, Rome, Republic of Genoa, cooptation
Settori scientifico-disciplinari del MIUR: Area 11 - Scienze storiche, filosofiche, pedagogiche e psicologiche > M-STO/02 - Storia moderna
Access rights: Open access
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2022 08:27
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 08:27


The Genoese cardinal Antonio Maria Sauli constitutes an interesting case study for the analysis of phenomena of singular importance of the Early Modern Age such as the social rise of the elites, their cooptation for the service of states with opposing interests and their circulation. The cardinal's curial career fluctuated between various loyalties and services: to the Republic, to the Pope, to the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, to the Hispanic monarchy. This heterogeneity made his services particularly coveted for Spain at the end of the sixteenth century, a time when the pro-Hispanic faction in Rome was losing ground to France and in which Ferdinand de’ Medici exhibited a policy of progressive distancing from the Hispanic monarchy. This essay sheds light on the importance of private agents in the service of the Catholic king in securing new servants to the Catholic king's cause. At the same time, this research highlights how the polycentric nature of the Hispanic monarchy made it essential to rely on elites located in different locations – even those outside the Hispanic borders – capable of negotiating, coopting and providing different resources to achieve the Catholic king's goals.


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