Mercenaries and radicals: The murder of Sarsfield in August of 1837 in Pamplona

Ramón Del Río Aldaz

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The liberal historian Antonio Pirala explained the mutiny that had conduced to the murder of the moderate general Pedro Sarsfield by his own troops, a 26 of august of 1837 in Pamplona, as a reaction of the peseteros - mercenary troops - produced by the irregular payment of their salaries and the scarcity of supplies in the North front, both reasons caused by the financial difficulties of Spanish government. The author analyzes the gravity of the question of supplies but he also remarks the influence of the radical liberalism of the peseteros' commanders. He also sustains that, in spite of policy of terror practised in the mutiny, the bourgeoises of Pamplona didn't support a militar dictatorship.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-211
JournalHispania - Revista Espanola de Historia
Issue number195
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1997


  • Carlist war
  • Contemporary history
  • Radical liberalism
  • Sarsfield
  • Spain


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