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Special Privileges For The Irish In The Kingdom Of Castile (1601–1680): Modern Myth Or Contemporary Reality?

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This chapter shows how modern concerns about the legal rights of citizens and immigrants and the meanings that we apply by using twenty-first century terminology have led to a misreading of seventeenth century documentation, a distortion which is not apparent when placed in the appropriate early-modern context. It also shows how the early-modern Irish immigrant elites adopted Castilian discourses of native ness and foreignness to fabricate, together with the Milesian legend, an ideology which would justify their role as a nobility of service to the Spanish monarchy. This took root in the long tradition of political and military service that began at Kinsale, and later within the commercial elites during the course of the eighteenth century.

Keywords: early-modern Castile; foreignness; Irish immigrant; nativeness; Spanish monarchy



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