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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521460182

ISBN-13: 9780521460187

Pub. Date: 07/28/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book reveals the workings of a culture that cherished death, and invested its resources in the pursuit of heaven. In sixteenth-century Spain, the social and economic debts of the living were also extended to the dead, and its central paradigms sought to invert perceptions, making death seem better than life itself. This is the first full-length study of this

Overview

This book reveals the workings of a culture that cherished death, and invested its resources in the pursuit of heaven. In sixteenth-century Spain, the social and economic debts of the living were also extended to the dead, and its central paradigms sought to invert perceptions, making death seem better than life itself. This is the first full-length study of this phenomenon. It differs from previous histories of death in two significant ways: in its methodology, which seeks to interweave social history and intellectual/cultural history; and in its geographical and cultural setting (previous studies have focused on France, Italy, and England). As a history of mentalities focused on a subject of universal significance, From Madrid to Purgatory transcends its Spanishness and its time period while being wholly attentive to them.

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

Prologue: death and the sun; Part I. Eager for Heaven: Death and Testamentary Discourse in Madrid, 1520–1599: 1. Wills and the history of death in Madrid; 2. Approaching the divine tribunal; 3. Relinquishing one's body; 4. Impressing God and neighbor; 5. Planning for the soul's journey; 6. Aiding the needy, aiding oneself; 7. Conclusion; Part II. The King's Dissolving Body: Philip II and the Royal Paradigm of Death: 1. King Philip and his palace of death; 2. The king's many requiems; 3. Drawing lessons from the king's death; 4. Defending the faith through ritual; 5. Death, the Spanish monarchy, and the myth of sacredness; 6. Conclusion; Part III. The Saint's Heavenly Corpse: Teresa of Avila and the Ultimate Paradigm of Death: 1. From Alba to Heaven; 2. Come sweet death, come swift dying; 3. Imperishable flesh, incomparable wonder; 4. Earthbound no longer; 5. Saint Teresa's apparitions; 6. Conclusion; Epilogue: in death as in life: from the daily rounds of Hell to the vestibule of Heaven.

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