Book Series Habsburg Worlds, vol. 7

Pacification and Reconciliation in the Spanish Habsburg Worlds

Violet Soen, Yves Junot (eds)

  • Pages: approx. 360 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:3 tables b/w.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2024

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-58159-0
  • Paperback
  • Forthcoming (Sep/24)
Open Access


Violet Soen is Associate Professor of Early Modern History at the KU Leuven, Belgium. Yves Junot is maître de conferences at the Université Polytechnique des Hauts-de-France in Valenciennes, France. Together, they founded the node Borgoña-Flandes within Red Columnaria, a research network on the borders of the Iberian Monarchies, and hosted its twelfth annual conference in Valenciennes and Kortrijk in November 2016, of which the proceedings are to be found in this volume.


This is the first volume to analyze pacification strategies within the Spanish Monarchy on a global level. It deals with the development and aftermath of the many early modern revolts on the Iberian and Italian Peninsula, the Sicilian and Sardinian islands, the cities along the North Sea and the Spanish Americas. These comparative studies uncover the different ways in which the Spanish Monarchy dealt with rebellion from cities and constituencies, ranging from military responses and repression to offers for negotiation and reconciliation. They also point out common characteristics of these pacification processes, such as the promises of pardon, the granting of grace and the instruction of peace envoys. The different chapters, each accompanied by an edition of sources, show how the reconciliation and reincorporation into the Spanish Habsburg orbit proved to be a painstaking process with an unpredictable outcome.



List of source editions



1. Machiavelli and Lipsius Revisited: How to Map Revolt, Pacification and Reconciliation in the Spanish Habsburg World?

Violet Soen and Yves Junot

PART I: Pacification and its Limits

2. An Unfinished Pacification: The Spanish Crown and Its Settlement Strategies Towards the Peruvian Beneméritos in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

José de la Puente-Brunke

3. Reconstructing Obedience in the Spanish Monarchy: Agents and Practices Involved in the Restoration of Peace in Guipúzcoa, 1635–1640

Susana Truchuelo

4. Wartime Legalism after the Peace of Munster: the Pacification of the Habsburg-Dutch Borderlands, 1648-1649

Bram De Ridder


PART II: Diplomacy and Reconciliation

5. A Contended City and Its Two Masters: Piacenza Between the Habsburg Conquest and Its Restitution to the Farnese, 1547-1556

Massimo Giannini

6. Building Reconciliation Through Diplomacy: The Dutch Revolt, the Cologne Peace Conference and Its Preparations, 1577-1579

Étienne Bourdeu

7. The 1668 Treaty of Lisbon and Its Impact on Iberian Diplomatic relations: Implementing Peace through Conflict over Borders, Titles and Property

Carolina Esteves Soares


PART III: Revolt and Reincorporation

8. Reconciliation and Reincorporation of Cities in the Spanish Monarchy: Dunkirk during the Dutch Revolt

Yves Junot

9. The Political Reconciliation of the Maroons: The African Challenge to Viceregal Supremacy in New Spain, 1608-1609

Matteo Lazzari

10. Political Conflict and Pacification in the War of the Spanish Succession: The Palermo Revolt of 1708

Marina Torres Arce

PART IV: Pardon and Pacification

11. The City Defiant, the Ruler Clement and Compliant: Repertoires of Reconciliation in the Burgundian-Habsburg Low Countries in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries

Violet Soen

12. Negotiation and Reconciliation Strategies in Viceregal Peru: The Peace Mission of Pedro de Gasca, 1543-1548

Manfredi Merluzzi

13. A Judge for Reconciliation in New Spain: the Mediation of Francisco Manso y Zúñiga, Archbishop-elect of Mexico, 1627-1630

Gibran Bautista y Lugo

14. Grace and Justice in the Spanish Monarchy: Building Peace amid Conflict in Castile in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

Tomás A. Mantecón



Notes on the Contributors

Index of Names

Index of Places