A favourite (Australian, Breetish, an Canadian Inglis) or "favorite" (American Inglis) was the intimate companion o a ruler or other important person. In post-classical and early-modern Europe, among other times an places, the term wis uised o individuals delegated significant political power bi a ruler. It was especially a phenomenon of the 16th and 17th centuries, when government haed become too complex for many hereditary rulers with nae great interest in or talent for it, and political institutions were still evolving. Frae 1600 tae 1660 there were particular successions o aw-powerful minister-favourites in much o Europe, particularly in Spain, Ingland, Fraunce an Swaden.

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