Saint and Nation: Santiago, Teresa of Avila, and Plural Identities in Early Modern Spain

Saint and Nation: Santiago, Teresa of Avila, and Plural Identities in Early Modern Spain

by Erin Kathleen Rowe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0271037733

ISBN-13: 9780271037738

Pub. Date: 01/18/2011

Publisher: Penn State University Press

In early seventeenth-century Spain, the Castilian parliament voted to elevate the newly beatified Teresa of Avila to co-patron saint of Spain alongside the traditional patron, Santiago. The event exploded into a theological, political, and ideological war, with participants including prelates, political writers, and literary figures from all parts of Castile.

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In early seventeenth-century Spain, the Castilian parliament voted to elevate the newly beatified Teresa of Avila to co-patron saint of Spain alongside the traditional patron, Santiago. The event exploded into a theological, political, and ideological war, with participants including prelates, political writers, and literary figures from all parts of Castile. Teresa's ascendancy to patron sainthood was the first substantial challenge to Santiago's iconic status since the High Middle Ages, and it suggests a profound shift in the Spanish political, spiritual, and ideological world. Saint and Nation examines Spanish devotion to the cult of saints and the controversy over national patron sainthood to provide an original account of the diverse ways in which the early modern nation was expressed and experienced by monarch and town, center and periphery. By analyzing the dynamic interplay of local and extra-local, royal authority and nation, tradition and modernity, church and state, and masculine and feminine within the co-patronage debate, Erin Rowe reconstructs the sophisticated balance of plural identities that emerged in Castile during a central period of crisis and change in the Spanish world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271037738
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
01/18/2011
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Maps

Acknowledgments

List of Abbreviations

Introduction

1. Santiago and the Shadow of Decline

2. Saint Teresa and the Lived Experience of the Holy

3. The Politics of Patron Sainthood

4. The Gender of Foreign Policy

5. Mapping Sacred Geography

6. King, Nation, and Church in the Habsburg Monarchy

7. Endgame in Rome

Epilogue

Bibliography

Index

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