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2009 Books I Missed, Pt. 6

Gunnar W. Knutsen, Servants of Satan and Masters of demons: The Spanish Inquisition’s Trials for Superstition, Valencia and Barcelona, 1478-1700 (Brepols, 2009).

El teatro del Siglo de Oro: Edición e interpretación, Alberto Blecua and Guillermo Serés, eds. (Vervuet, 2009).

New in paper: Nicholas Shrady, The Last Day: Wrath, Ruin, and Reason in the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 (Penguin, 2009).

Reviews in the Summer ’10 SCJ

Heather Dalton reviews Patrick O’Flanagan, Port Cities of Atlantic Iberia, c. 1500-1900 (Ashgate, 2008).

James S. Amelang reviews Peter Arnade, Beggars, Iconoclasts, and Civic Patriots: The Political Culture of the Dutch Revolt (Cornell, 2008).

Hilaire Kallendorf reviews Elena del Río Parra, Cartografías de la conciencia española en la Edad de Oro (Mexico City: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2008).

Darlene Abreu-Ferreira reviews In the Light of Medieval Spain: Islam, the West, and the Relevance of the Past, ed. Simon R. Doubleday and David Coleman (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

Richard Ninness reviews Marjorie Trusted, The Arts of Spain (Penn State, 2007).

Robert A. Maryks reviews Matt Goldish, Jewish Questions: Responsa on Sephardic Life in the Early Modern Period (Princeton, 2008).

Darlene Abreu-Ferreira reviews Ana de San Bartolomé: Autobiography and Other Writings, ed. and trans. Darcy Donahue (University of Chicago, 2008).

Frank A. Domínguez reviews Rereading the Black Legend: The Discourses of Religious and Racial Difference in the Renaissance Empires, ed. Margaret Greer, Walter D. Mignolo, and Maureen Quilligan (University of Chicago, 2007).

Elizabeth Rhodes reviews María de Guevara, Warnings to the Kings and Advice on Restoring Spain: A Bilingual Edition, Mared. and trans. Nieves Romero-Díaz (University of Chicago, 2007).

Frank A. Domínguez reviews Alejandro de la Fuente, Havana and the Atlantic in the Sixteenth Century (University of North Carolina, 2007).

Francis Tobienne, Jr., reviews Emily C. Bartels, Speaking of the Moor: From Alcazar to Othello (Penn, 2008).

Tobacco & Chocolate review in the Journal of Social History

Tom Brennan reviews Marcy Norton, Sacred Gifts, Profane Pleasures: A History of Tobacco and Chocolate in the Atlantic World (Cornell, 2008) in the Journal of Social History, Summer 2010.

Valladolid Exposition: “Civitates. Ciudades y comercio en la Europa de los siglos XVI y XVII

The Diputación de Valladolid is hosting “Civitates: Ciudades y comercio en la Europa de los siglos XVI y XVII” through August 29, 2010.

NB: the 65-page exhibition catalogue is available free as a PDF download.

Thanks to Adam Beaver for the tip.

The Inquisition in the TLS

This week’s Times Literary Supplement features a review by Peter Marshall of Francisco Bethencourt, The Inquisition – a Global History, 1478-1832 (Cambridge, 2009) and Christopher Black, The Italian Inquisition (Yale, 2009).

I’m sorry, the TLS website is so poorly done that I can’t even tell you what issue or date this is from. But they claim to be improving it, so there’s that.

La Cátedra del Museo del Prado: Salvatore Settis

The Museo Nacional del Prado has a new program (La Cátedra del Museo del Prado) whereby they invite a guest expert for a year to speak, host seminars, etc. Last year they had Philippe de Montebello, lately of the Met, as their first Director de la Cátedra, and this year they are hosting Salvatore Settis, director of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa.

Thanks again to Adam G. Beaver for the tip.

New Books: Midsummer 2010

Henry Kamen, The Escorial: Art and Power in the Renaissance (Yale University Press, 2010).

Elvira Vilches, New World Gold: Cultural Anxiety and Monetary Disorder in Early Modern Spain (University of Chicago, 2010).

Chimalpahin’s Conquest: A Nahua Historian’s Rewriting of Francisco Lopez de Gomara’s La conquista de Mexico, ed. and trans. Susan Schroeder, Anne J. Cruz, Cristián Roa-de-la-Carrera, and David E. Tavárez (Stanford University Press, 2010).

A New Velazquez Discovered

El País reports the discovery of a previously unknown painting by Velázquez in the storage area of Yale’s art museum. The article features Jonathan Brown, stating that is almost certainly by Velázquez, and “Hay otros ‘velázquez’ por descubrir.”

Thanks to Adam Beaver for the tip.

Gender, Property, & Law in the Journal of Women’s History

The Journal of Women’s History 22 (Summer 2010) features an article by Marie A. Kelleher, “Hers by Right: Gendered Legal Assumptions and Women’s Property in the Medieval Crown of Aragon.”