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Title: The marriage of João de Alarcão and Margarida Soares and the creation of a transnational Portuguese-Spanish nobility
Authors: Cunha, Mafalda Soares da
Editors: Palos, Joan-Lluis
Sanchez, Magdalena
Keywords: História Social
Nobreza Transnacional
História Moderna
Mobilidade Social
Soares de Alarcão
História da Família
Restauração de Portugal
Identidades Sociais
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Ashgate
Citation: Cunha, Mafalda Soares da. The marriage of João de Alarcão and Margarida Soares and the creation of a transnational Portuguese-Spanish nobility. In Joan-Lluis Palos Peñarroya e Magdalena Sanchez (orgs.), Early Modern Dynastic Marriages and Cultural Transfer, Editorial Ashgate, 2016, pp. 139-161 (ISBN: 978-1-4724-4323-6)
Abstract: The main aim of this chapter is to analyze the social and political effects of dynastic marriages between the Portuguese and Castilian-Aragonese crowns on the configuration of transnational, aristocratic families during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. To illustrate these questions we have chosen to follow the Soares de Alarcão family (known in Spain as Suárez de Alarcón) and the paths it took between the royal houses of Portugal and Castile for seven generations. The working hypothesis of the chapter is that the identity of the Iberian nobility during this era was characterized by a shared noble culture rather than by any particular features derived from the family’s land of origin. That assumption allows us to discuss whether the use of a particular language or culture indicates ties or political loyalties based on criteria of nationality, or, at the very least, place of birth. Therefore, this essay discusses the miscegenation of Iberian nobilities derived from dynastic marriages. It articulates the structural characteristics of this group and its political impact with the individual trajectories and historical contexts in which they developed. While these topics can be of interest for the comprehension of Portuguese early modern history, they can also help us to reflect more broadly on processes of identity construction.
ISBN: 978-1-4724-4323-6
Type: bookPart
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