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The comunero discourse of justice became the blueprint for Charles? reform program, which he used to secure his rule in Spain after the civil wars and to expand the Spanish empire. The post- comunero referendum transformed government; the Spanish government became more efficient, flexible, and improvisatorial. Spanish sixteenth-century political conversations possess a powerful judicial tone. Local courts and town councils proved, in the long run, to be enduring mechanisms for the survival and stability of pre-modern Spanish communities, sharing a legal language grounded upon institutional foundations?a meritocratic and accountable judiciary and democratic municipal councils. The history of the reign of Charles as the king of Spain reveals to us that the dynastic system of government was a contingent instrument of judicial oversight, and that the viability of the monarchy depended on the willingness of the municipal network to support it.

Keywords: Charles V; comunero revolt; sixteenth-century; Spain



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