Keepers of the City: The Corregidores of Isabella I of by Marvin Lunenfeld

By Marvin Lunenfeld

The corregidores have been Castilian royal officers who functioned as mayors and stronger judges within the provinces, towns, cities, and villages they have been despatched to supervise. on the head of city militias they took half within the struggle of Succession and the Granada warfare. The corregidores therefore had major dealings with the peasantry, city plenty, the retailers, the nobles, the aristocracy, the officers of the Inquisition. via its learn in their many different tasks, this publication bargains a breathtaking view of Castile in the course of the overdue medieval and Renaissance eras. regardless of their value, a tremendous learn hasn't ever sooner than been committed totally to their actions in the course of the reign. This learn additionally encompasses a significant attempt at periodisation of Isabella's reign, the 1st tried nowa days. total, the booklet bargains a tripartite dissection of the queen's occupation in energy and an overview of the differing states of the operations of corregidores over her 3 a long time.

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49 The turbulent city of Toledo required far more to bring it under control than juggling with elections or insisting upon the right to keep a royal representative in place. The city within its narrow confines was tiny, but self-possessed because of its height, and the deep river gorge that appears to make an island of the rock. From a distance tawny walls unify everything, embracing without distinction mosque, church, and synagogue, obliterating the demarcation ofquarters. But quarters there were: the best area around Zocodover Plaza was taken over by Christian conquerors, who handed the Jews a contained sector in the west, and left the Muslims to live where' they could.

40 Remnants of a once active political life were still to be found when Isabella appeared on the scene, but after some experimentation she became convinced that there was no alternative except to reduce competition still further. 41 KEEPERS O F THE CITY Whatever their show of opposition to infringements o n their preroga­ tives, so long as the basic right to hold onto the posts was not contested, the elite and their aristocratic supporters would attempt to learn to live with Isabella's representatives.

44 There were still conflicts about who would fill these posts. Ferdinand and Isabella visited the town in 1 479, and this time made the positions lifetime possessions of the holders. 46 Pulgar, usually one to look on the bright side of things for the patroness whose deeds he chronicled, found a happy ending in the perpetuation of upper estate dominance frozen into the new arrange­ ment, which was "established as the regular law and custom of this place, and all the inhabitants thereofrejoiced in it because it put a stop to their quarrels and the evils that followed in their train, which resulted from the elections of earlier days.

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