Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

3-2008

Publication Source

Humanities

Volume

29

Issue

2

Abstract

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.

Copyright/Permission Statement

This article originally appeared in the March/April 2008 issue of Humanities: https://www.neh.gov/humanities/back-issues/vol29/issue2

Keywords

Art History, Machiavelli, Medieval Spain, Politics, Seventeenth Century, The Prince

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Date Posted: 27 February 2017