Il mercato degli onori: i titoli di don nella Sicilia spagnola

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[automatically translated] The article, starting with the documentation kept at the Archivo de Simancas (Consejo de Italy, Secretaría de Sicilia), reconstructs the number and Don in Sicily Hapsburg the title of the concessions mechanism (1556-1700), as well as the condition social and vocational integration of its beneficiaries and buyers (officials of the Spanish crown, local officials, military and clergy, professionals, widows). The title was generally requested by one of the many petitioners who gravitated around the court of Madrid, not to use them in the first person, but rather "para beneficiar", ie to be able to sell to a third person, resident in Sicily, and with the proceeds money to deal with their own financial needs. The context in which you put this "exchange" between Spain and Sicily, is that of the known "inflation of honors" that characterized the old regime European society, especially during the seventeenth century, as a result of an increasing use of patronage Royal patronage, monopolized by favorites Ministers (Spanish validos), and financial needs of monarchies perpetually at war. All this gave a strong impetus to the "market of the nobility" in all its segments, from the most prestigious feudal titles that almost insignificant "don", that although they can not strictly speaking be considered noble but only honorary, was the springboard for many Sicilians the ball into the most prestigious awards, or at least a form, albeit minimal, of social distinction for those with a noble title he could never aspire. especially during the seventeenth century, as a result of an increasing use of patronage of the Royal patronage, monopolized by favorites Ministers (Spanish validos), and financial needs of monarchies perpetually at war. All this gave a strong impetus to the "market of the nobility" in all its segments, from the most prestigious feudal titles that almost insignificant "don", that although they can not strictly speaking be considered noble but only honorary, was the springboard for many Sicilians the ball into the most prestigious awards, or at least a form, albeit minimal, of social distinction for those with a noble title he could never aspire. especially during the seventeenth century, as a result of an increasing use of patronage of the Royal patronage, monopolized by favorites Ministers (Spanish validos), and financial needs of monarchies perpetually at war. All this gave a strong impetus to the "market of the nobility" in all its segments, from the most prestigious feudal titles that almost insignificant "don", that although they can not strictly speaking be considered noble but only honorary, was the springboard for many Sicilians the ball into the most prestigious awards, or at least a form, albeit minimal, of social distinction for those with a noble title he could never aspire. and financial needs of monarchies perpetually at war. All this gave a strong impetus to the "market of the nobility" in all its segments, from the most prestigious feudal titles that almost insignificant "don", that although they can not strictly speaking be considered noble but only honorary, was the springboard for many Sicilians the ball into the most prestigious awards, or at least a form, albeit minimal, of social distinction for those with a noble title he could never aspire. and financial needs of monarchies perpetually at war. All this gave a strong impetus to the "market of the nobility" in all its segments, from the most prestigious feudal titles that almost insignificant "don", that although they can not strictly speak
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)267-288
JournalMEDITERRANEA. RICERCHE STORICHE
Volume7
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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