Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 November 2009

328 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719081415

Bookseller Code (06)


The great favourite

The Duke of Lerma and the court and government of Philip III of Spain, 1598-1621

Patrick Williams

Published by Manchester University Press

Studies in Early Modern European History MUP

  • This is a study of the last major unknown statesman in modern European history
  • Challenges the assumptions historians have made about Lerma, and about Spanish history in the period
  • Lerma was the greatest patron of the arts in his generation
  • A work of pioneering scholarship, profound in its research, provocative and stimulating in its conclusions
  • It will invite a reconsideration of the whole phenomenon of government by favourites in the seventeenth century