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  1. We, the king : creating royal legislation in the sixteenth-century Spanish New World

    Masters, Adrian, 1988-
    Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2023.

    "[This book] challenges the dominant top-down interpretation of the Spanish Empire and its monarchs' decrees in the New World, revealing how ordinary subjects had much more say in government and law-making than previously acknowledged. During the viceregal period spanning the post-1492 conquest until 1598, the King signed more than 110,000 pages of decrees concerning state policies, minutiae, and everything in between. Through careful analysis of these decrees, Adrian Masters illustrates how law-making was aided and abetted by subjects from various backgrounds, including powerful court women, indigenous commoners, Afro-descendant raftsmen, secret saboteurs, pirates, sovereign Chiriguano Indians, and secretaries' wives. Subjects' innumerable petitions and labor prompted (and even phrased) a complex body of legislation and legal categories demonstrating the degree to which this empire was created from the 'bottom up.' [This book] reimagines our understandings of kingship, imperial rule, colonialism, and the origins of racial categories"--Publisher's description.

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  2. We, the King : creating royal legislation in the sixteenth-century Spanish New World

    Masters, Adrian, 1988-
    Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2023.

    "We, the King reveals how ordinary subjects aided and abetted law-making in the Spanish Empire, demonstrating how its policies, racial categories, and society were created from the "bottom up". An important study for scholars of Colonial Latin America, this work reassesses our understandings of kingship, empire, race, and colonialism"--

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