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From the Publisher"This book makes an important contribution to the study of Spanish architectural history, it fills a need for a book in English on the topic, and will likely remain an authoritative reference on the Plaza Mayor and the growth of Madrid as a ceremonial and political capital for years to come."
- Eleanor Tufts Award Committee, Historians of Spanish Art
"Escobar's book should be consulted by all interested in baroque Madrid, as he provides valuable insights into the many social and political factors impacting its development."
- Renaissance Quarterly, Richard G. Mann, San Francisco State University
"Jesús Escobar's study of the Plaza Mayor in Madrid is a welcome addition to the scholarship on important architectural and urban developments in early modern Spain."
- Sixteenth Century Journal, Andrew Hopkins, Villa I Tatti, Florence
"...beautifully wrought and multi-faceted..."
- Seventeenth Century News