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Two More New Books

The Johns Hopkins University Press has brought out Atlantic Diasporas: Jews, Conversos, and Crypto-Jews in the Age of Mercantilism, 1500-1800, ed. Richard L. Kagan and Philip D. Morgan.

The University of Toronto Press has brought out Daniel A. Crews’ Twilight of the Renaissance: The Life of Juan de Valdés.

Hispania 229 Book Reviews

There are 10 early modern books reviewed in the latest Hispania.

Francisco García Fitz reviews Ana Echevarría Arsuaga’s Caballeros en la frontera. La guardia morisca de los reyes de Castila (1410-1467).

María Isabel del Val Valdivieso reviews Ana Isabel Carrasco Manchado’s Isabel I de Castilla y la sombra de la ilegitimidad. Propaganda y representación en el conflicto sucesorio (1474-1482).

José Antonio Jara Fuente reviews Ernesto García Fernández, ed., Bilbao, Vitoria y San Sebastián: espacios para mercaderes, clérigos y gobernantes en el medievo y la modernidad.

Ernesto Belenguer Cebría reviews Giuseppe Galasso’s Carlo V e Spagna Imperiale. Studi e ricerche.

Juan Francisco Pardo Molero reviews Cartas de un espía de Carlos V. La correspondencia de Jerónimo Bucchia con Antonio Perrenot de Granuela, ed. María José Bertomeu Masiá.

Luis Ribot reviews Bernard Vincent‘s El río morisco.

Gregorio Colás Latorre reviews José María Sánchez Molledo’s Diccionario de arbitristas aragoneses de los siglos XVI y XVII.

Máximo Diago Hernando reviews Francisco José González Prieto’s La ciudad menguada: Población y economía en Burgos. S. XVI y XVII.

Rafael Valladares reviews Gianvittorio Signorotto’s Milán español. Guerra, instituciones y gobernantes durante el reinado de Felipe IV.

Finally, Anastasio Rojo reviews Adalina Sarrión Mora’s Médicos e Inquisición en el siglo XVII.

La Vida Es Sueño in NYC

Today’s New York Times has a review of Calderón’s play, staged by the Repertorio Español, in Spanish. “La Vida Es Sueño” will run through May 5 at the Gramercy Arts Theater.

Hispania no. 229

The latest edition of Hispania: revista española de historia is out, Vol. 68 no. 229. There are 4 articles of interest to us. Edward Cooper, “El acebo y el Rey sin fe,” Félix A. Ferrer García, “Clérigos y feligreses en la Basílica de San Vicente de Ávila: actividades litúrgicas, lúdicas y funerarias (siglos XVI-XVII),” Marina Torres Arce, “Inquisición, jurisdiccionalismo y reformismo borbónico. El Tribunal de Sicilia en el siglo XVIII,” and Rafael Torres Sánchez, “‘Las prioridades en un monarca ilustrado’ o las limitaciones del Estado fiscal-militar de Carlos III.” (Links to summaries require free registration; links to full text require subscription.)

I’ll do the reviews tomorrow.

 Update: Okay, I’ll do the reviews soon, within a few days.

SCSC 2008: Bomba on Political Culture

One last post on a great paper I heard in St. Louis. Nicholas Bomba, a Princeton PhD candidate, gave a paper entitled, “The Three Faces of Gonzalo Pizarro,” in which he explored contemporary comments on Pizarro’s rule in Peru and finds that they sort out into three “archetypes,” as he put it, to explain bad rulership. The point was that these were part of the rhetorical and conceptional tools that Spaniards possessed to analyze rulership, at home and away. I’m not doing the paper justice here – it was a sophisticated and nuanced analysis. I had heard Bomba give another paper at the SCSC in Minneapolis last year, and this paper just confirmed that his dissertation and book will be very sharp.

After the jump, Bomba’s own description of his dissertation on the crisis of counsel in the Hispanic world: Continue reading

SCSC 2008: Nykwest on Women’s Education

Another very interesting paper I saw in St. Louis was Rebecca C. Nykwest, a PhD candidate at UC Irvine, presenting “The Colegio de Donzellas Nobles and the Cultural Politcs of Women’s Education in Sixteenth-Century Toledo.” The paper was about the foundation of the girls’ school by Archbishop Siliceo’s, made apparently with primary concern for elevating the status of Old Christian girls and making them more valuable in the marriage market during the purity of blood controversies in the 16th and early 17th centuries. It was a preview of Nykwest’s dissertation, “Purity of Blood and the Cultural Politics of Women’s Education in Sixteenth-Century Toledo.” She has really found a lot of interesting material on a hard-to-research topic.

Nalle at the SCSC 2008, St. Louis

I attended the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in St. Louis last week, and I’d like to comment on a few papers I heard there. (My policy for this blog is that I won’t post about unpublished work like conference papers without the permission of the author.)

The most interesting paper I saw in St. Louis was Sara T. Nalle’s “Ethnic Identity and Family Strategies in Spanish Inquisition Ego-Documents.” Basically, it was a fascinating account of how conversos described their relationships with each other and with Old Christians. It also offered an early glimpse at Nalle’s next book on familiy identity in early modern Spain which, if this paper is any indication, will be phenomenal.