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Negotiations For The Subsidy, 1533-1534

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After the serious difficulties in the summer of 1533, there was undoubtedly much hope that the Assembly of the Clergy meeting in Alcalá de Henares would quickly reach an amenable agreement with the king for the payment of a subsidy. Instead, the meeting became the longest Assembly of Charles?s reign, lasting from October 10, 1533, until March 18, 1534. The duration of this Assembly allows us to better understand political practice and see how crown and clergy reached consensus in sixteenth-century Castile. This chapter examines the differences between the crown and the Assembly, the means of applying pressure within the context of these negotiations, the role of consultations as both a stratagem and hindrance to successful negotiations, and finally the rifts within the ecclesiastical estate. The negotiations indicate that the clergy and the crown did not always see eye to eye and that their differences could lead to serious conflicts.

Keywords: Alcalá de Henares; clergy; crown; ecclesiastical estate; negotiations; political practice; sixteenth-century Castile; subsidy



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