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A King TravelsFestive Traditions in Late Medieval and Early Modern Spain$
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Teofilo F. Ruiz

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691153575

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691153575.001.0001

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A King Goes Traveling: Philip II in the Crown of Aragon, 1585–86 and 1592

A King Goes Traveling: Philip II in the Crown of Aragon, 1585–86 and 1592

(p.146) Chapter V A King Goes Traveling: Philip II in the Crown of Aragon, 1585–86 and 1592
A King Travels

Teofilo F. Ruiz

Princeton University Press

This chapter looks at Philip II's long voyages to the Crown of Aragon in 1585–86 and in 1592, and on the king's long and conflicting relations with Barcelona. These two extended journeys, coming as they did towards the end of Philip II's rule, allow one to compare the celebrations of an earlier age with the complicated and often unsuccessful emplotment of the king's progress through his eastern kingdoms. The pageantry of Philip's early years, when still as a prince he traveled through, and enjoyed lavish receptions in, Italy and the Low Countries, has been replaced by a comparative austerity born of new political realities and the slow but noticeable deterioration of Spanish influence in European affairs. Indeed, Philip II's 1585–86 and 1592 journeys provide a rather accurate reading of political shifts and of the mounting difficulties facing Spain.

Keywords:   Philip II, Crown of Aragon, eastern kingdoms, Spanish influence, political shifts, political realities

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