Personal Authority of the Monarch, 1492 - 1500

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  • Personal Authority of the Monarch
    • F + I travelled extensively
      • royal progress
        • demonstrated their authority to their subjects
      • Negative
        • didn't visit all the realm
    • Increased crown's authority
    • Historians agreed that significant progress was made
      • Proves New Monarchy
    • "absolute rules"
      • Absolutism = no restraints on personal authority
        • Kamen disagrees
    • Strong centralised government in Castile = "absolute power" = Isabella
    • Government in Aragon different
      • 3 Cortes
        • Aragon
        • Valencia
        • Catalonia
    • Despite marriage F + I ruled out their own territories
      • never called themselves monarchs of Spain
    • Enforcing order was a slow process complicated by politics, finance + religion
    • Although Spain had changed
      • not united or stable

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