The arrival of Charles of Bourbon in Sicily caused great hopes within the “Spanishparty” but, at the same time, the fear that the new dynastic unity withNaples would result in the loss of political and military independence of theisland. The Giunta per gli Affari di Sicilia (Council for the Affairs of Sicily) shouldhave been a guarantor institution in the Neapolitan perspective, but in realitythe Parliament and especially the Deputazione del Regno (Deputation of thekingdom) were the advocates of the Kingdom’s interests. In Sicily the launch ofthe reforms process was cautious and concentrated on ecclesiastical jurisdiction,without compromising the relationship with the nobles, whose supportthe new government needed. The establishment of the Supremo Magistrato diCommercio (High Mercantile Court), however, quickly soured the climate ofreform. The scope of the reform and its political content provoked the immediatereaction of togati (public officers, judges, lawyers) and nobles who hadalways been tied to common interests. In a few years they were defined thecharacters of a ius siculum characterized by peculiarities that made it differentfrom the law in force in the Kingdom of Naples, and were placed the ideologicalfoundations of the Sicilian Nation, a clear warning to the reform agenda ofthe Neapolitan government.
|Titolo della pubblicazione ospite||Le vite di Carlo di Borbone. Napoli, Spagna e America|
|Numero di pagine||11|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2018|