From Madrid to Purgatory: The Art and Craft of Dying in Sixteenth-Century Spain

From Madrid to Purgatory: The Art and Craft of Dying in Sixteenth-Century Spain

by Carlos M. N. Eire
     
 

This is the first full-length study of Spanish attitudes toward death and the afterlife in the peak years of the Counter-Reformation. It contains an analysis of the death rituals requested in sixteenth-century Madrid testaments, as well as a detailed account of the ways in which the "good" deaths of King Philip II and St. Teresa of Avila were interpreted by… See more details below

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This is the first full-length study of Spanish attitudes toward death and the afterlife in the peak years of the Counter-Reformation. It contains an analysis of the death rituals requested in sixteenth-century Madrid testaments, as well as a detailed account of the ways in which the "good" deaths of King Philip II and St. Teresa of Avila were interpreted by contemporaries. Though focused on death, it also aims to analyze the ethos of Spanish Catholic piety and belief in an age of profound transformations. This is a history of mentalities that combines quantitative and qualitative methods and analyzes the symbiotic relation between beliefs and cultural structures. It is a study of the relation between popular piety and elite theology, between paradigms and deeds, myth and ritual, art and craft. Though concentrating exclusively on Spain, this study places the early modern Spanish mentality in the wider context of the European Reformation and Counter-Reformation and of Western attitudes toward death.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521460187
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History Series
Pages:
587
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.46(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations used in footnotes
Map: Principal sites mentioned in this study
Prologue: Death and the sun
Bk. 1Eager for heaven: Death and the testamentary discourse in Madrid, 1520-1599
Bk. 2The king's dissolving body: Philip II and the royal paradigm of death
Bk. 3The saint's heavenly corpse: Teresa of Avila and the ultimate paradigm of death
Epilogue: In death as in life: From the daily rounds of hell to the vestibule of heaven
Bibliography
Index

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