The article analyzes the dispatches sent by Savoy ambassadors living in Madrid to Victor Amadeus II of Savoy, during the succession crisis that would eventually lead to the selection of Philip of Anjou as the new King of Spain under the name of Philip V. Particular focus is placed on the correspondence sent by Costanzo Operti, a knight of Malta who had been living in Madrid since 1690 and who was extremely famliar with the Spanish court, wherein he was active until 1703; and on those of the Count of Vernone, special envoy to Spain in the spring-summer of 1695 and trusted advisor to the Duke, who would often assign him delicate missions on account of his diplomatic skills. By comparing their reports with the letters coming from Turin, it is possible to create an interesting cross-section of the Catholic monarchy in the twilight of Charles II's reign; at the same time, it is also possibile to drescribe the effects of the profound rift that formed in the political institutions of the Spanish court upon the arrival of a French king in Madrid. The reports of these Savoy ambassadors thus become a sort of 'stage' for the main players of that crucial moment in European history: the War of Spanish Succesion.
|Translated title of the contribution||[Autom. eng. transl.] The dynastic crisis and the courtly power networks in the despatches of the Savoy ambassadors in Madrid Some lines of research.|
|Title of host publication||Elites e reti di potere. Strategie d'integrazione nell'Europa di età moderna|
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
- power networks
- reti di potere