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This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book Charles V and the Castilian Assembly of the Clergy: Negotiations for the Ecclesiastical Subsidy and its chapters. The book examines several assemblies during Charles V?s reign in detail, because only in this way can we glimpse the complex relationships between the church and crown and, to a lesser extent, within the ecclesiastical estate itself. In turn, it allows us to better understand the extent to which the clergy were incorporated into the royal government and the extent to which the clergy maintained autonomy of action. The book also argues that the Assembly defended ecclesiastical liberties and hampered royal attempts to extract more money from the church. More importantly, it reveals the institutional mechanism through which a privileged group within the church sustained itself and its privileges for nearly four centuries through collaboration and negotiation with the crown.

Keywords: Castilian assembly; Charles V; church; clergy; crown; ecclesiastical liberties; ecclesiastical subsidy; institutional mechanism; negotiation



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