Isabel La Catolica, Queen of Castile: Critical Essays (New Middle Ages Series)

Overview

Few historical figures have continued to captivate attention for centuries after their death as has Queen Isabel I of Castile. Yet the realities of Isabel’s life and works are obscured by the legacy of a persona carefully crafted by Isabel and a cadre of historians in her employ or that of her successors, who recognized the benefits of an image of benevolence and piety. This volume includes original essays that examine the world into which Isabel was born; the public and private facets of her marriage and reign; ...

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Overview

Few historical figures have continued to captivate attention for centuries after their death as has Queen Isabel I of Castile. Yet the realities of Isabel’s life and works are obscured by the legacy of a persona carefully crafted by Isabel and a cadre of historians in her employ or that of her successors, who recognized the benefits of an image of benevolence and piety. This volume includes original essays that examine the world into which Isabel was born; the public and private facets of her marriage and reign; her intervention in the areas of religion, medicine, the arts, and the reform of political, social and economic institutions; and the construction of her image in literary and historical works from the fifteenth century onward.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312293079
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Series: The New Middle Ages Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

David A. Boruchoff is a Professor in the Department of Hispanic Studies at McGill University.

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword
List of Illustrations
Introduction: Instructions for Sainthood and Other Feminine Wiles in the Historiography of Isabel I 1
1 The World of Isabel la Catolica 25
2 Isabel, Infanta and Princess of Castile 41
3 Isabel, Myth and History 57
4 Isabel and the Idea of America 79
5 Zenobia or Penelope? Isabel la Catolica as Literary Archetype 91
6 La Llave de palo: Isabel la Catolica as Patron of Religious Literature and Painting 103
7 The Royal Physicians as Alcaldes and Examinadores Mayores: Royal Interference in Medicine and Law in Castile Under Isabel and Ferdinand 121
8 Isabel la Catolica and the Jews 155
9 Isabel and the Moors 171
10 The Poetic and Dramatic Construction of Isabel la Catolica in the Theater of Lope de Vega 195
11 Historiography with License: Isabel, the Catholic Monarch and the Kingdom of God 225
Contributors 295
Index 299
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2003

    an excellent collection of new insights

    This is a GREAT book! The collection is original, well-written, and an excellent introduction to an often poorly understood figure. I plan to use this work in my classes on history and women's studies. It is high time that a serious rethinking of the Catholic Monarch has been done!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2003

    Women's studies done right!

    I thought that this would be another tribute to royal power, politics, and the men behind a successful queen. It isn't. Instead it is a penetrating analysis of an extraordinary woman's ability to shape the world about her as she saw fit, and to do so using surprisingly modern means. The first and last essays on Isabel the Catholic's historiography are brilliant; these show in a convincing way how she shaped the image that has lasted over the centuries, and how her own royal chroniclers used history to instruct her how a monarch should be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2003

    Informative and good reading. History at its best.

    The essays in this book address many facets of the Catholic Queen´s life and works, and do so in an uncommonly thoughtful, readable and original way, using primary sources and archival material otherwise unavailable in English. This is history at its best!

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