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Don Francisco Gómez de Sandoval y Rojas, better known as the Duke of Lerma, is not a familiar name to those interested in the annals of power and politics. The Duke of Lerma, the favorite (El Favorito o Valido) and unofficial prime minister of Philip III of Spain from 1598 to 1618, was, however, in his own time, both in Spain and throughout Europe, quite famous. And infamous. He was respected, feared, attacked, satirized, gossiped about, eulogized, and even dramatized in plays such as The Great Favourite or the Duke of Lerma, written in 1668 by the English playwright Sir Robert Howard.
This article originally appeared in the March/April 2008 issue of Humanities: https://www.neh.gov/humanities/back-issues/vol29/issue2
Art History, Machiavelli, Medieval Spain, Politics, Seventeenth Century, The Prince
Feros, A. (2008). The King’s Favorite. Humanities, 29 (2), Retrieved from https://repository.upenn.edu/history_papers/4
Date Posted: 27 February 2017