IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 252: Realities and Representations of Power in Urban Castile at the End of the Middle Ages, I: Royal Agents and the Town

Monday 1 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Cuenca / Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Organisers:José Antonio Jara Fuente, Departamento de Historia, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Cuenca
Alicia Inés Montero Málaga, Departamento de Historia Antigua y Historia Medieval, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Moderator/Chair:Alicia Inés Montero Málaga, Departamento de Historia Antigua y Historia Medieval, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Paper 252-aExpressions of Royal Power in Castilian Towns: Royal Continos and Urban Officers in Andalusia at the End of the 15th Century
(Language: English)
Enrique José Ruiz Pilares, Departamento de Historia, Geografía y Filosofía, Universidad de Cádiz
Enrique José Ruiz Pilares, Departamento de Historia, Geografía y Filosofía, Universidad de Cádiz
Index terms: Local History, Political Thought
Paper 252-bRoyal Taxation, Political Integration, and Cooperative Instruments: The Case of Seville, 1480-1504
(Language: English)
Pablo Ortego Rico, Departamento de Ciencias Históricas, Universidad de Málaga
Pablo Ortego Rico, Departamento de Ciencias Históricas, Universidad de Málaga
Index terms: Economics - Urban, Local History
Paper 252-cSubmissive Towns?: Channelling Royal Centralization through Cooperation - Keepers of the Town in Castile at the End of the 15th Century
(Language: English)
José Antonio Jara Fuente, Departamento de Historia, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Cuenca
José Antonio Jara Fuente, Departamento de Historia, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Cuenca
Index terms: Local History, Political Thought
Abstract

After long years of civil war, from 1480 onwards a successful programme of political centralization was already underway in Castile. Its main lines had been essayed, opposed, transacted, and finally imposed by a triumphant monarchy profiting from the cooperation offered by towns and a large section of the nobility to help end the war. This cooperation was not given unconditionally but it nevertheless led to the establishment of more fluid channels of communication and the emergence/consolidation of centralized governmental institutions all political players accepted.
In Session I (Royal Agents and the Town) we will examine the difficult imposition of royal centralization in towns, giving special consideration to the relations established by royal and urban agents. Session II (Nobility in the Town) tackles the emergence of a new political logic framing the relationships between urban and noble agents; a logic that, though not eliminating conflict, emphasized other more cooperative political traits.