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Toledo in the NY Times – Christmas Break

Dear Readers,

Here’s a little Christmas gift from the New York Times, Dec 22, 2012, a travel article about Toledo.

Early Modern Spanish History Notes will take a break until the new year. I still haven’t caught up from all the stuff I missed during my long summer break, but I promise I will this winter.


Study Day at Northwestern: The Renaissance in Spain, May 16-17, 2013

A Study Day at Northwestern University
This event will bring together art historians and historians to consider the
cultural climate of sixteenth-century Spain. Acknowledging that recent
scholarship has benefitted from a lively consideration of transnational and
transatlantic exchange between Iberia and the larger world, the goal of the study
day is to focus attention on Spain itself and explore its place in the study of the
Renaissance in Europe and beyond. A summary of the event and list of speakers
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The Art Institute of Chicago
Keynote Address by James Amelang, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Friday, May 17, 2013
Forum Room, Northwestern University Library
Study Day Speakers:
Miguel Falomir, Museo Nacional del Prado
Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio, University of Vermont
Guy Lazure, University of Windsor
Felipe Pereda, Johns Hopkins University
Erin Rowe, Johns Hopkins University
Catherine Wilkinson Zerner, Brown University
Moderators: Regina Grafe, Northwestern University, and Richard Kagan, Johns
Hopkins University
This event has been organized by Jesús Escobar and sponsored by the Myers
Foundations, the Department of Art History at Northwestern University, The Art
Institute of Chicago, and an Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Achievement
Award granted to Edward Muir. The event is free and open to the public, but
advanced registration is required. For more information, please see the
“Department Symposia” listing for this event on the Department of Art History
home page:

New Book: Essays in Honor of Geoffrey Parker

The Limits of Empire: European Imperial Formations in Early Modern World History. Essays in Honor of Geoffrey Parker, Tonio Andrade and William Reger, eds (Ashgate, 2012).

Geoffrey Parker and early modern history, Tonio Andrade and William Reger

The limits of empire: an introduction, Tonio Andrade and William Reger

‘Por Dios, por patria’: the sacral limits of empire as seen in Catalan political sermons, 1630-1641, Andrew Mitchell

Enlightened absolutism and new frontiers for political authority: building towards a state religion in 18th-century Spain, Andrea J. Smidt

The limits of faith in a maritime empire: Mennonites, trade and politics in the Dutch Golden Age, Mary S. Sprunger

Information, gossip and rumor: the limits of intelligence at the early modern court, 1558-1585, Denice Fett

Philip II, information overload, and the early modern moment, Paul M. Dover

Italy and the limits of the Spanish empire, Michael J. Levin

The limits of dynastic power: Poland-Lithuania, Sweden and the problem of composite monarchy in the age of the Vasas, 1562-1668, Robert I. Frost

The artillery fortress was an engine of European expansion: evidence from East Asia, Tonio Andrade

The limits of empire: the case of Britain, Jeremy Black

The façade of order: claiming imperial space in early modern Russia, Matthew P. Romaniello

Renaissance diplomacy and the limits of empire: Eustace Chapuys, Habsburg imperialisms, and dissimulation as method, Richard Lundell

Distance and misinformation in the conquest of America, Bethany Aram

Brawling behaviors in the Dutch colonial empire: changing norms of fairness?, Pamela McVay

Isabel Clara Eugenia: daughter of the Spanish empire, Cristina Borreguero Beltrán

Messianic imperialism or traditional dynasticism? The grand strategy of Philip II and the Spanish failure in the wars of the 1590s, Edward Shannon Tenace

‘A man’s gotta know his limitations’: reflections on a misspent past, Geoffrey Parker

Thanks to David Coleman for the tip.





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Specific Essays of interest to Hispanists:

Andrew Mitchell “’Por Dios, Por Patria’: The Sacral Limits of Empire as Seen in Catalan Political Sermons, 1630-1641”

Andrea J Smidt, “Enlightened Absolutism and New Frontiers for Political Authority: Building Towards a State Religion in 18th-Century Spain”

Denice Fett, “ Information, Gossip and Rumor: The Limits of Intelligence at the Early Modern Court, 1558-1585”

Paul Dover, “Philip II, Information Overload, and the Early Modern Moment”

Michael J. Levin, “Italy and the Limits of the Spanish Empire”

Bethany Aram, “Distance and Misinformation in the Conquest of America”

Cristina Borreguero Beltrán, “ Isabel Clara Eugenia: Daughter of the Spanish Empire”

Edward Shannon Tenace, “The Grand Strategy of Philip II and the Spanish Failure in the Wars of the 1590s

Reviews in the Winter ’12 RQ

Renaissance Quarterly 65 (Winter 2012) has reviews for us:

David Boruchoff reviews Consolación Baranda, ed., Apólogo de la ociosidad y el trabajo, de Luis Mexía, glosado y moralizado por Francisco Cervantes de Salazar (Salamanca: Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca, 2012).

Luís Gomes reviews Maria Louro Berbara and Karl A. E. Enenkel, eds, Portuguese  Humanism and the Republic of Letters (Brill, 2012).

Andrea Lepage reviews Gerhard Wolf and Joseph Connors, eds, Colors between Two Worlds: The Florentine Codex of Bernardino de Sahagún (Florence: Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck-Institute; and Vila I Tatti, 2011).

Mindy Nancarrow reviews Marta Cacho Casal, Francisco Pacheco y su Libro de retratos (Seville: Fundación Focus-Abengoa; Madrid: Marcial Pons, 2011).

Karin A. Vélez reviews Sabine Hyland, Gods of the Andes: An Early Jesuit Account of Inca Religion and Andean Christianity (Penn State, 2011).

Brian R. Larkin reviews Karen Melvin, Building Colonial Cities of God: Mendicant Orders and Urban Culture in New Spain (Stanford, 2012).

Dean Phillip Bell reviews Aron di Leone Leoni, La Nazione Ebraica Spagnola e Portoghese di Ferrara (1492-1559): I suoi rapporti col governo ducale e la popolazione locale e i suoi legami con le Nazioni Porotoghesi di Ancona, Pesaro e Venezia, ed. Laura Graziani Secchieri, 2 vols (Florence: Leo S. Olschki, 2011).

David R. Castillo reviews Dale Shuger, Don Quixote in the Archives: Madness and Literature in Early Modern Spain (Edinburgh University Press, 2012).

Encarnación Juárez-Almendros reviews Felipe E. Ruan, Pícaro and Cortesano: Identity and the Forms of Capital in Early Modern Spanish Picaresque Narrative and Courtesy Literature (Bucknell, 2011).

Anna M. Nogar reviews Robert Folger, Writing as Poaching: Interpellation and Self-Fashioning in Colonial Relaciones de Méritos y Servicios (Brill, 2011).

Roberto González Echevarría reviews Miguel Cabello Balboa, Miscelánea antártica, ed. Isaías Lerner (Seville: Fundación José Manuel Lara, 2011).

Links to reviews require subscription to RQ or to JSTOR.

New Popular History on Converso Family Past: Carvajal, “The Forgetting River”

Doreen Carvajal, The Forgetting River: A Modern Tale of Survival, Identity, and the Inquisition (Riverhead Books, 2012).

New Book: Women of the Iberian Atlantic, December ’12

Women of the Iberian Atlantic, Sarah E. Owens and Jane E. Mangan, eds (LSU Press, 2012).

NYT: Latin American Conversos Returning to Spain

The New York Times, December 8, 2012, has an article by Doreen Carvajal entitled, “A Tepid ‘Welcome Back’ for Spanish Jews.”

Reviews in March ’12 JWH

Still catching up from my long summer’s break.

Reviews in the Journal of World History 23  (March 2012):

Jeremy Rich reviews James H. Sweet, Domingo Álvares, African Healing, and the Intellectual History of the Atlantic World (UNC Press, 2011).

Gayle K. Brunelle reviews Elvira Vilches, New World Gold: Cultural Anxiety and Monetary Disorder in Early Modern Spain (U of Chicago Press, 2010).

Subscription to Project Muse required to open links.

2011 Books I Missed: González Sánchez, “New World Literacy”

A review by Jorge Flores in a special issue of the Journal of Early Modern History alerted me to a book I missed: Carlos Alberto González Sánchez, New World Literacy: Writing and Culture Across the Atlantic, 1500-1700 (Bucknell University Press, 2011).

Hanlon’s Early Modern Italian Bibiography Now Online

Last week I received an email from Gregory Hanlon that he is putting the tenth edition of his “Early Modern Italy 1550-1800: A Comprehensive Bibliography of Titles in English and French” online on the Dalhousie University website, freely available to all. (I don’t know Hanlon; it seems that I received this email as part of a large group perhaps the RSA?)

Anyway, enjoy! I’m setting up a permanent link from EMSHN to Hanlon’s site.