Edited By Sarah Alyn Stacey
Blythe Alice Raviola Sabaudian Propaganda and the Wars of Succession of Mantua and Monferrato
(1613–1631)1 Although general studies of early modern history might frequently con- tain a page or two about the second War of Succession of Mantua and Monferrato (1627–1631), it is certainly not common to find a reference to the first war (1613–1617), and quite unusual to read about the two conf licts in relation to the Thirty Years war and the broader European political context. If these wars are not, then, entirely forgotten, their international significance and impact is frequently misunderstood.2 A traditional and widespread interpretation, for example, is that the two wars signalled an end to Spanish supremacy in Italy and helped France increase its power in 1 I would like to dedicate this chapter to my dear friend Robert Oresko (1946–2010) with whom I discussed so frequently these Sabaudian matters. His brilliant observa- tions on this contribution would have been much appreciated. 2 On these wars, see notably the following: J.H. Elliott, Richelieu and Olivares (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984); L. Bély, Les Relations internation- ales en Europe, XVIIème–XVIIIème siècles (3rd edn, Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 2001), 28, 31; D. Parrott, ‘The Mantuan Succession, 1627–1631: A Sovereignty Dispute in Early Modern Europe’, The English Historical Review, 112/445 (1997), 20–65; R. Oresko and D. Parrott, ‘The Sovereignty of Monferrato and the Citadel of Casale as European Problems in the Early Modern Period’, in D. Ferrari, ed., Stefano Guazzo e Casale fra Cinque e Seicento (Rome: Bulzoni, 1997)...
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