Propaganda and Political Legitimacy in Early Eighteenth-Century Mexico City
Using cathedral chapter and municipal council minutes and a large body of published sermons, this paper focuses on the secular and religious elite of Mexico City’s attempts to stop the utterance of “wicked things” during the War of the Spanish Succession. Loyalty to the Habsburg house would prove hard to combat, as evidenced by several people arrested in Mexico for supposedly rooting for the Austrian Alliance. In order to combat disloyalty, the municipal council, cathedral chapter, and all of the city’s convents organized a variety of public ceremonies in support of the Bourbon house, including masses and festivities honoring the birth of crown prince Louis I, funerary honors for fallen soldiers, and, finally, masses of thanksgiving marking Spain’s imminent victory in 1711. Taken together, these commemorations helped to cast the Bourbon king as Spain’s “savior,” a trope that would continue throughout the eighteenth century and shapes the historiography of the early modern Spanish Empire to this day.
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