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De militaire politiek van de graaf-hertog van Olivares en de Brusselse hofhouding van de kardinaal-infant (1634-1641)

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  • Birgit Houben

Abstract

The military politics of the count-duke of Olivares, the principal minister and
favourite of Philip IV of Spain, had a strong impact on the composition of
the court and household of the cardinal-infant don Fernando, the governor-general
of the Netherlands. Because of their strategic position, these provinces
formed the main military base in the entire Spanish-Habsburg realm. For the
realization of his political schemes, the count-duke populated the immediate
entourage of the cardinal-infant in Brussels with his own clients, where they
frequently combined household positions with ministerial functions or posts
within the army. Also, household positions were given to persons with strong
connections to the Spanish enemies for diplomatic or propagandistic purposes.
In short, the Brussels household of don Fernando became an Olivaristic
product par excellence.

How to Cite:

Houben, B., (2008) “De militaire politiek van de graaf-hertog van Olivares en de Brusselse hofhouding van de kardinaal-infant (1634-1641)”, Handelingen - Koninklijke Zuid-Nederlandse maatschappij voor taal- en letterkunde en geschiedenis 62, 147-167. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/kzm.v62i0.17443

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12 Jan 2008
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