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36 What force did the adoption of these titles have? I have already suggested that Vittorio Amedeo was seen as having full authority in his own territories, and thus might be seen as capable of pronouncing on his own identity to his subjects. Compliance amongst his subjects to the trattamento reale in turn conforms to another part of the equation for a felicitous statement. Savoy’s ambassadors, as participants in the statement, were not merely doing their duty by complying with the royal claim, but were also themselves giving meaning to the claim.
39 Savoy’s trattamento reale, however, was not intended just for domestic consumption; it was explicitly intended also for international audiences, not least as diplomats were expected to perform Savoy’s royalty through requesting royal protocols in Europe’s courts where they served. Accordingly, the trattamento reale raises further problems about the potential dif ferences between the performances of royalty in domestic and international settings, for while Savoy’s rulers might have had the authority to make pronouncements about themselves in their territories, and equally expected their subjects to comply with their wishes, persuading others was not straightforward.
1, 314, Bolognesi to Vittorio Amedeo, 1 September 1635. 49 Ceremonies of Charles I, ed. Loomie, 163. See also 164. On St Germain’s failure to obtain the royal recognition see CSPV, 1632–6, 257, 269, 272. 50 CSPV, 1632–6, 116. 51 Savoy’s success with the royal title on the international stage therefore seems to have gone in the opposite direction to its domestic reception. Both at home and abroad (at least in France, Spain and England), there had been tacit recognition of Savoy’s royal credentials before 1632, but when the issue was pushed explicitly, Savoy’s royal relatives stepped back from publicly accepting the claim.
A Medieval Miscellany by Margaret Wade Labarge