El conflicto entre la Iglesia catalana y el rey Felipe V por el derecho de imprenta: la publicación de las Constituciones Tarraconenses (1717-1728)

Translated title of the contribution: The conflict between Catalan Church and King Philip V of Spain on the legislation of printing. The publication of the Constitutions of the Ecclesiastic Province of Tarragona (1717-1728)

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The conflict between Catalan Church and King Philip V of Spain on the legislation of printing. The publication of the Constitutions of the Ecclesiastic Province of Tarragona (1717-1728) • In Spain, since the XVI century, no book could be printed without the prior approval of the ecclesiastic authorities and then without a civilian or royal privilege. Such procedure changed after the establishment of the absolute monarchy of the House of Bourbon. In Catalonia King Philip V laid down the same legislation on printing that already existed in Castile. To be granted a printing privilege, Catalan printers had to directly contact the Council of Castile in Madrid, instead of the Royal Court in Barcelona. Even the ecclesiastic institutions of Catalonia had to ask royal permission to print their documents. A conflict soon broke out because of that. In 1717, the Royal Court of Catalonia suspended the printing of the Constitutions of the Ecclesiastic Province of Tarragona until Philip V had taken position on the issue. A few months later, the king authorised the printing but explained that, from then on, the Church should have had to get permission before printing anything. Nevertheless, the Constitutions of the Council of Tarragona of 1727 were published without being disclosed to the royal authority. The Prosecutor of the Royal Court pointed out that that had been a very serious incident, as it was a case of disobedience to a royal order. In addition, there was the aggravating circumstance that one of the articles established that Catalan had to be used when preaching the Christian doctrine, to the detriment of Castilian, thus contravening the Bourbons’ policy of imposing the Castilian language. The Royal Court of Catalonia did not order to withdraw the Constitutions, on the pretext that it might have caused great outrage. The Catalan Court just sent a report to the Council of Castile and waited for the king’s orders; orders that a pparently never came.
Translated title of the contributionThe conflict between Catalan Church and King Philip V of Spain on the legislation of printing. The publication of the Constitutions of the Ecclesiastic Province of Tarragona (1717-1728)
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)39-67
JournalBibliologia (Pisa/Roma)
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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