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NY Times on “Blood and Faith”

In this Sunday’s New York Times Book Reviews, Geoffrey Wheatcroft reviews Matthew Carr, Blood and Faith: The Purging of Muslim Spain (the New Press, 2009).


Modernity in the Hispanic World: a Review

Eighteenth Century Studies features a long review by Margaret R. Ewalt – with its own special title: “How Eighteenth-Century Spain and Spanish America Challenge Scholarly Models of Modernity and Postmodern Enlightenment Paradigms” – of Ruth Hill, Hierarchy, Commerce, and Fraud in Bourbon Spanish America: A Postal Inspector’s Exposé (Vanderbilt, 2005).

Review link requires Project Muse.

Lagrimas de Eros at the Thyssen

The New York Times mentions an exhibition at the Thyssen featuring some early modern Spanish works: “Lagrimas de Eros.”

SCSC Call for Papers on Hispanic World

This in from Liz Lehfeldt (also on Espora):

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to invite you to consider submitting a panel or paper for the 2010 meeting of the Sixteenth Century Studies Society.  In recent years, we’ve been able to offer a robust number of sessions and papers on the early modern Hispanic world and I hope that this year will be the same.

I have included the instructions for submission below.  Please be sure when choosing a track for your paper submission to choose “Spanish/Latin American Studies.”  And please also note the instructions for panel submissions which have changed from previous years.

Don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.

all the best, Liz Lehfeldt

The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) is now
accepting proposals for individual papers and complete sessions for its annual
conference, to be held at the Hilton Bonaventure in Montreal, 14-17 October
2010. The SCSC, founded to
promote scholarship on the early modern era (ca. 1450 – ca. 1660), actively
encourages the participation of international scholars as well as the integration
of younger colleagues into the academic community. We
also welcome proposals for roundtables sponsored by scholarly societies that
are affiliated with the SCSC.
In honor of our bilingual host city, proposals are
encouraged in either English or French.

Abstracts (up to 250 words in length)
for papers and sessions may be submitted online

After panel organizers submit their panel proposal, they should contact
the individual presenters and provide each of them with the title of
the panel. Individual presenters who are to be associated with a panel
must submit their own paper abstract for the panel by choosing the
panel title from the list of panels on the website.

The deadline for submissions is 15 March 2010. Within four weeks after the
deadline, the Program Committee will notify all those who submitted proposals.
Hotel and accommodation information will be posted in early


Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt 
Professor and Chair
History Department 
Cleveland State University 
2121 Euclid Avenue 
Cleveland, OH  44115

New Books for a New Year

Jonathan Brown and Richard G. Mann, Spanish Paintings of the Fifteenth through Nineteenth Centuries (Princeton, 2010).

Mercedes Maroto Camino, Exploring the Explorers: Spaniards in Oceania, 1519-1794 (Manchester University Press, 2009).

And here’s an old one I missed: Buddy Levy, Conquistador: Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs (Random House, 2009).

New in paperback: Mark Meyerson, A Jewish Renaissance in Fifteenth-Century Spain (Princeton, 2004).

New Journal: Medieval Iberian Studies

There’s a new journal out: the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies. There are already two issues, and they include some historiographical pieces of interest to us, but not yet any specific articles that creep up into the 15th century far enough to land on this blog. But it’s on my radar screen now.

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Exhibiton and Lecture on Velázquez

In conjunction with the exhibition, “Velázquez Rediscovered,” Jonathan Brown will give a talk at 2:00 on Sunday, January 24, entitled: “A Restored Velázquez, A Velázquez Restored.” The exhibition itself runs through Feburary 7, 2010.

Admission is free with general museum admission.

Conference: EM Hispanic World Images & Texts

Jim Boyden writes in to inform me of a conference call for papers:

Early Modern Image and Text Society 2010
Call for Papers



The Early Modern Image and Text Society (Emit Society) invites submissions of abstracts for its fourth biannual conference, titled “Collections and Recollections: Cultural Accumulation and Dissemination in the Early Modern Hispanic World,” that will be held at the University of South Carolina Beaufort (Hilton Head Gateway Campus) on October 14-16, 2010. An interdisciplinary organization, the Emit Society strongly encourages papers that deal with the open concept of “collections” and “recollections” in the early modern Hispanic world, and with the unique relationships between visual images and literary texts. Please submit via email (1) a one-page abstract (to be considered anonymously) and (2) a contact information page (name, institution, email, phone number, paper title) to Benjamin J. Nelson (thismessage:/ or Lisa Victoria Ciresi (thismessage:/ by March 15, 2010. Please consult the Emit Society’s website ( <> ) for the organization’s mission, membership information, and information about past and present conferences.

“Secreto Iberico”

Hey, there’s some references to Spanish history in here. But really, even if there weren’t, I couldn’t resist posting about something so dear to my heart.

December 2009 AHR

No articles but some reviews for us in the December 2009 American Historical Review:

Yanna Yannakakis reviews Gonzalo Lamana, Domination without Dominance: Inca-Spanish Encounters in Early Colonial Peru (Duke, 2008).

Charles Cutter reviews Brian P. Owensby, Empire of Law and Indian Justice in Colonial Mexico (Stanford, 2008).

Alan Durston reviews Jaime Lara, Christian Texts for Aztecs: Art and Liturgy in Colonial Mexico (Notre Dame, 2008).

Herman L. Bennett reviews Joan Cameron Bristol, Christians, Blasphemers, and Witches: Afro-Mexican Ritual Practice in the Seventeenth Century (University of New Mexico Press, 2007).

Iain Fenlon reviews Lorenzo Candelaria, The Rosary Cantoral: Ritual and Social Design in a Chantbook from Early Renaissance Toledo (University of Rochester Press, 2008).

Magdalena S. Sánchez reviews Glyn Redworth, The She-Apostle: The Extraordinary Life and Death of Luisa de Carvajal (Oxford, 2008).

Oliver W. Holmes reviews José Miguel López García, El motín contra Esquilache: Crisis y protesta popular en el Madrid del siglo xviii (Alianza Editorial, 2006).