Queen as King: Politics and Architectural Propaganda in Twelfth-Century Spain

Queen as King: Politics and Architectural Propaganda in Twelfth-Century Spain

by Therese Martin




Queen as King traces the origins of San Isidoro in León as a royal monastic complex, following its progress as the site changed from a small eleventh-century palatine chapel housed in a double monastery to a great twelfth-century pilgrimage church served by Augustinian canons. Its most groundbreaking contribution to the history of art is the recovery of the lost patronage of Queen Urraca (reigned 1109-1126). Urraca maintained yet subverted her family’s tradition of patronage on the site: to understand her history is to hold the key to the art and architecture of San Isidoro. This new approach to San Isidoro and its patronage allows a major Romanesque monument to be understood more fully than before.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789004152977
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/12/2006
Series: Medieval and Early Modern Iberian World Series , #30
Pages: 398
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Therese Martin, Ph.D.(2000), University of Pittsburgh, is an Associate Professor of Medieval Art History at the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on royal architecture and female patronage.

Table of Contents

Chapter One From Patron to Harlot: How Did Queen Urraca Get Here from There?
Chapter Two The Establishment of San Isidoro as a Palatine Chapel: Fernando I (d. 1065) and Sancha (d. 1067)
Chapter Three The Power of the King’s Sister: The Infanta Urraca (d. 1101) and Alfonso VI (d. 1109)
Chapter Four Dynastic Propaganda in a Queen’s Patronage at San Isidoro: Urraca of León-Castilla (reigned 1109–1126)
Chapter Five The Painted Cycle of the “Pantheon,” c. 1109
Chapter Six The Infanta Sancha (d. 1159), Alfonso VII (d. 1157), and Construction of the Monastic Complex
Chapter Seven Queen as King: Urraca of León-Castilla (d. 1126), Matilda of England (d. 1167), and Melisende of Jerusalem (d. 1161)
Appendix A Capitals
Appendix B Masons’ Marks

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