Charles I - Royal Council + Councillor Government

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Who did Charles follow?
Ferdinand and Isabella (grandparents) on their success of ruling through councils
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Who was Charles' chief minister?
Gattinara
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How many councils did Charles create?
2 = Advisory + Territorial
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What did Advisory council contained?
Council of War (1522), Council of Finance (1523), Council of State (1526)
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What did the Territorial council contained?
Council of Castile (1480, reformed in 1520), Council of Indies (1526), Council of Aragon (1494)
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What was bad about the advisory council?
had no fixed base, no confirmed capital, travelled around Europe + sometimes followed Charles to HRE = over time they became centered in Valladolid
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Why were councils useful?
kept Charles informed about the opinions of the people + checking the power of the nobility
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Who did Charles rely on?
His secretaries, who were professionally trained, competent + efficient
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What were the councils?
the "power behind the throne"
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Council of Finance
There were concerns, had no authority to prevent Charles spending large amounts of money on foreign wars + sometimes on his own personal requirements
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Secretaries
dealt with correspondence, issued decrees in government without consulting the councils
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Who were Secretaries
Gattimara and Les Cobos
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Corruption in secretaries
e.g. Les Cobos cames from a poor family, annual income of 60,000 ducats, when he retired income was similar to some of the nobility
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How was Les Cobos important?
for his actions to try to streamline the system by creating an archive (record) of the work of councils for future reference
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Were was the record stored?
Segovia, Medina del Campo, Valladolid
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All this bureaucracy
often hindered rather than helped development of these new territories, and the sheer distance between them and Spain also meant long delays
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Gattinara

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Who was Charles' chief minister?

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2 = Advisory + Territorial

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Council of War (1522), Council of Finance (1523), Council of State (1526)

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Council of Castile (1480, reformed in 1520), Council of Indies (1526), Council of Aragon (1494)

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