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The Struggle For Power

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This chapter provides an analysis of a longitudinal survey of municipal and monarchical relations; it seeks to establish the antecedents of parliamentary power, clerical and legal mechanisms of authority, and royal interaction. Divided into five sections, this survey documents transitions from the late medieval period to the defeat of the comuneros in April 1521: (1) the Trastámara legacy of royal alliances with nobles, the cities and towns, and the church; (2) the patronage system introduced by Philip I; (3) the reactivation of the patronage policies of Charles? Burgundian regime of 1517?1521; (4) political discourses of the comuneros during the comunero revolt; and (5) the comunero platform of justice. The common denominator in all of these institutional changes is the active role that the cities and towns of the Cortes played in supplying the guidelines of judicial operations and good government and in forcing monarchs to accept municipal power.

Keywords: comunero revolt; Emperor Charles V; Spain; Trastámara legacy



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