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The Conspiracy (1640–1642)

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Philip IV sent the duke of Medina Sidonia news of the second uprising on the Iberian Peninsula in barely six months; first Catalonia, and now Portugal. In his history of the reign of Philip IV, Matías de Novoa accused Medina Sidonia of having halted dispatch of a powerful navy against Lisbon in the early weeks after the Portuguese coup. The outline of the conspiracy can be summarized as follows: From the start of the revolt of the Catalans until the defeat of the Spanish forces in Monjuic, near Barcelona, the Duke of Medina Sidonia and the Marquis of Ayamonte met to discuss their discontent and frustration. The December 1640 uprising in Portugal helped the cause of sedition but made it more difficult to continue helping Philip IV. Thus both Medina Sidonia and Ayamonte began plotting to turn the situation in Andalusia in their favor.

Keywords: Andalusia; Catalonia; Medina Sidonia; Philip IV; Portugal



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