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Two New Books from LSU Press

Alexandra Parma Cook and Noble David Cook, The Plague Files: Crisis Management in Sixteenth-Century Seville (2009), and

Catherine M. Jaffe and Elizabeth Franklin Lewis, Eve’s Enlightenment: Women’s Experience in Spain and Spanish America, 1726-1839 (2009).

This information comes courtesy of Alisa Plant, Acqusitions Editor for European and Atlantic World History at LSU Press, who is actively acquiring manuscripts about early modern Spain. For more information and to see some recent titles, please visit:


Update: Sweet on Portugal in the AHR

I didn’t realize this until I started reading it, but James H. Sweet’s article in the April 2009 American Historical Review is of interest to us. “Mistaken Identities? Olaudah Equiano, Domingos Álvares, and the Methodological Challenges of Studying the African Diaspora” examines the shifting self-identifications of Domingos Álvares, an African enslaved in Brazil and then exiled to rural Portugal by the Inquisition, to shed light on Equiano and the contextual, self-assertive identities of Africans in the Atlantic World in general. (Link requires AHA membership.)

Reviews from the Summer 09 Renaissance Quarterly

No articles in the Summer 09 RQ (although Pamela H. Smith does mention Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, Marcy Norton, and others in her review essay, “Science on the Move: Recent Trends in the History of Early Modern Science”). But several reviews:

Edward V. George reviews Letras humanas y conflictos del sabor: La filología como instrumento a través de las edades, ed. Ana Vian Herrero and Consolación Baranda.

Alicia de Colombí-Monguió reviews Dana Bultman’s Heretical Mixtures: Feminine and Poetic Opposition to Matter-Spirit Dualism in Spain 1531–1631.

Anne J. Cruz reviews Gwyn Fox’s Subtle Subversions: Reading Golden Age Sonnets by Iberian Women.

Mar Martínez-Góngora reviews Encarnación Juárez-Almendros’s El cuerpo vestido y la construcción de la identidad en las narrativas autobiogràficas del siglo de oro.

Encarnación Juárez-Almendros reviews Ana de San Bartolomé, Autobiography and Other Writings, ed. and trans. Darcy Donahue.

James W. Nelson Novoa reviews Matt D. Goldish’s Jewish Questions: Responsa on Sephardic Life in the Early Modern Period.

A. Katie Harris reviews Scott K. Taylor’s Honor and Violence in Golden Age Spain (thanks for the kind words!).

Jennifer R. Ottman reviews Nicolás Wey Gómez’s The Tropics of Empire: Why Columbus Sailed South to the Indies.

Sara T. Nalle reviews Stuart B. Schwartz’s All Can Be Saved: Religious Tolerance and Salvation in the Iberian Atlantic World.

Paula De Vos reviews Más allá de la Leyenda Negra: Espana y la Revolución Científica / Beyond the Black Legend: Spain and the Scientific Revolution, ed. Victor Navarro Brotons and William Eamon.

Alexander Samson reviews Material and Symbolic Circulation between Spain and England, 1554–1604, ed. Anne J. Cruz.

Macau: History & Memory

Jonathan Porter has an article in the Spring/Summer 2009 History and Memory, entitled, “‘The Past Is Present’: The Construction of Macau’s Historical Legacy.” (Link requires Project Muse.)

Review of Paquette: April AHR

In the April 2009 American Historical Review, Kendall W. Brown reviews Gabriel Paquette’s Enlightenment, Governance, and Reform in Spain and Its Empire, 1759–1808 (Palgrave, 2008). (AHR link requires registration.)

Disney on Portugal

Cambridge UP has released, in hardback and paper, A. R. Disney’s A History of Portugal and the Portuguese Empire: From Beginnings to 1807, Vol. 1. There is a second volume, also available, on modern Portugal.

The Naming of Peru: History & Theory Feb 2009

History and Theory’s new February issue has an essay by Mark Thurner entitled, “The Founding Abyss of Colonial History, or ‘The Origin and Princple of the Name of Peru,'” where he examines, in part, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega.

Reflections on Al-Andalus

While all the essays from In the Light of Medieval Spain: Islam, the West, and the Relevance of the Past, ed. Simon R. Doubleday and David Coleman (Palgrave, 2008), look interesting, there are two essays of particular relevance to early modern historians:

Mary Elizabeth Perry’s “Memory and Mutilation: The Case of the Moriscos” examines the historical memories that the Moriscos forged for themselves in the context of political and religious oppression.

David Coleman’s “The Persistance of the Past in the Albaicín: Granada’s New Mosque and the Question of Historical Relevance” examines the relationship between current debates about ethnicity and religion in Granada and the medieval legacy of Granada’s religiously plural past.

Crowley, Empires of the Sea: NY Review of Books

Colin Thubron reviews Roger Crowley’s Empires of the Sea: The Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World (Random House), in the New York Review of Books, April 9, 2009. (Link requires subscription for full article.)

New Books: Spring 2009

Four new books have recently come out:

Ian Almond, Two Faiths, One Banner: When Muslims Marched with Christians across Europe’s Battlefields (Harvard, 2009).

Lisa A. Banner, The Religious Patronage of the Duke of Lerma, 1598-1621 (Ashgate, 2009).

Fernando González de León, The Road to Rocroi: Class, Culture, and Command in the Spanish Army of Flanders, 1567-1659 (Brill, 2009).

Patricia E. Grieve, The Eve of Spain: Myths of Origins in the History of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Conflict (Johns Hopkins, 2009).