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Articles & Reviews in RQ Summer 2018

Renaissance Quarterly 71/2 (2018):

Katherine Bond, “Mapping Culture in the Habsburg Empire: Fashioning a Costume Book in the Court of Charles V.”

David J. Amelang, “Comparing the Commercial Theaters of Early Modern London and Madrid.”

Tanya J. Tiffany reviews Amanda Wunder, Baroque Seville: Sacred Art in a Century of Crisis (Penn State, 2017).

Stephanie M. Cavanaugh reviews Patrick J. O’Banion, ed. and trans., This Happened in My Presence: Moriscos, Old Christians, and the Spanish Inquisition in the Town of Deza, 1469-1611 (Toronto, 2017).

Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra reviews Antonio Feros, Speaking of Spain: The Evolution of Race and Nation in the Hispanic World (Harvard, 2017).

Grace E. Coolidge reviews Jodi Campbell, At the First Table: Food and Social Identity in Early Modern Spain (Nebraska, 2017).

Francisco Bethencourt reviews Gleydi Sullón Barreto, Extranjeros integrados: Portugeses en la Lima virreinal (Madrid: CSIC, 2016).

Patricia W. Manning reviews Spencer J. Weinreich, ed. and trans., Pedro de Ribadeneyra’s “Ecclesiastical History of the Schism of the Kingdom of England”: A Spanish Jesuit’s History of the English Reformation (Brill, 2017).

Luise Schorn-Schütte reviews Nicole Reinhardt, Voices of Conscience: Royal Confessors and Political Counsel in Seventeenth-Century Spain and France (Oxford, 2016).


New Book: Weinreich trans. of Ribadeneyra’s “Ecclesiastical History of the Schism of the Kingdom of England”

Spencer J. Weinreich, ed. and trans., Pedro de Ribadeneyra’s “Ecclesiastical History of the Schism of the Kingdom of England”: A Spanish Jesuit’s History of the English Reformation (Brill, 2017).

New Book: Sullón Barreto, “Extranjeros Integrados”

Gleydi Sullón Barreto, Extranjeros integrados: portugueses en la Lima virreanal, 1570-1680 (CSIC, 2016).

Mitchell Reviews Sherer in JMH, April 2018

The Journal of Military History 82/2 (2018):

Andrew Mitchell reviews Idan Ferrer, Warriors for a Living: The Experience of the Spanish Infantry in the Italian Wars, 1494-1559 (Brill, 2017).

New Book: Calderwood, “Colonial Al-Andalus”

This is modern history, but deals with 19th-century historiography over Muslim Spain and its legacy:

Eric Calderwood, Colonial Al-Andalus: Spain and the Making of Modern Moroccan Culture (Harvard, 2018).

Conference: “The Iberian World and the East,” Oxford, July 2-3, 2018

The Iberian World and the East: Go-betweens and meditations, 16th-18th centuries

Coord.: Óscar RECIO MORALES (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Cecilia TARRUELL (University of Oxford), Thomas GLESENER (Aix-Marseille Université, Institut Universitaire de France)

Org.: École des hautes études hispaniques et ibériques (Casa de Velázquez, Madrid), Maison Française d’Oxford, UMR 7303 Telemme (Aix-Marseille Université, CNRS), EUROEST: MINECO / FEDER Research project ‘The Other Europe: Eastern Europeans Communities in Spain and Its Wider World’, HAR2015-64574-C2-1-P (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), ‘Trans-Imperial Life Trajectories. Safavid Communities and Individuals in Early Modern Spain and Portugal’, HAR2015-64574-C2-2-P (Universidad de Alicante)

Coll.: Institute of Iranian Studies (Austrian Academy of Sciences), Instituto Polaco de Cultura, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad de Alicante

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The relations between the Early Modern Iberian monarchies and the Euro-Mediterranean East have generally been studied from the perspective of war and religious confrontation. The Catholic societies which emerged from the Reconquest seemed, indeed, to be located at the antipodes of these regions dominated by ‘schismatics’, ‘heretics’ or ‘infidels’. However, over the past years, this perspective has been revised in particular thanks to the renewal of Mediterranean studies and the history of the Portuguese Empire in Asia. The attention paid to certain social groups placed in situations of intermediation (political, economic or cultural) has been one of the vectors of this change. The border areas, in the Maghreb or in the South of Italy, have particularly interested historians, but more discreet trajectories have shown that the Mediterranean was also a place of passage between Asia and the Americas. From the shores of the Baltic in the North, through the Caucasus to the Persian Gulf in the South, the rise of the Iberian monarchies and their new maritime routes seem to have left no one indifferent. In line with this cycle’s previous seminar, organized in Madrid in 2017, this one seeks to measure the eastern ramifications of the Iberian kingdoms and their Atlantic extensions by following the path of the individuals and communities that travelled through them.


Les relations entre les monarchies ibériques et l’Orient euro-méditerranéen à l’époque moderne ont généralement été étudiées sous l’angle de la guerre et de l’affrontement religieux. Les sociétés catholiques issues de la Reconquête semblaient en effet situées aux antipodes de ces régions dominées par les « schismatiques », les « hérétiques » ou les « infidèles ». Pourtant, depuis plusieurs années, cette perspective a été révisée grâce notamment au renouvellement des études méditerranéennes et de l’histoire de la présence portugaise en Asie. L’attention portée à certains groupes sociaux placés en situation d’intermédiation (politique, économique ou culturelle) a été l’un des vecteurs de ce changement. Les espaces frontaliers, au Maghreb ou dans le sud de l’Italie, ont particulièrement retenu l’attention des historiens, mais des trajectoires plus discrètes ont montré que la Méditerranée était également un lieu de passage entre l’Asie et les Amériques. Des rivages de la Baltique, au nord, jusqu’au Golfe persique, au sud, en passant par le Caucase, l’essor des monarchies ibériques et de leurs nouvelles routes maritimes semble n’avoir laissé personne indifférent. Ce séminaire dans la lignée de celui organisé à Madrid en 2017, cherche à prendre la mesure des ramifications orientales des royaumes ibériques et de leurs prolongements atlantiques en suivant la trace des individus et des communautés qui les ont parcourues.

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Cecilia TARRUELL, University of Oxford
Óscar RECIO MORALES, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Session 1
Giuseppe MARCOCCI, University of Oxford

Joan Pau RUBIÉS, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
Imperial Agency and Cultural Mediations: Re-assessing the Portuguese Loss of Ormuz in 1622

Christian WINDLER, Universität Bern
Serving the Pope or Serving the King? Members of the Regular Clergy of Spanish and Portuguese Origin in Safavid Persia

Session 2
John-Paul GHOBRIAL, University of Oxford

Anna KALINOWSKA, Instytut Historii PAN, Warsaw
The Unlikely Triangle: Spain, Poland-Lithuania and the Ottoman Empire in Activities of English Diplomacy in the Late 16th and Early 17th Century

Mediating with Infidels: the Problems of Inter-confessional Communication with Muslim Ambassadors at the Seventeenth Century Spanish Court

Pablo HERNÁNDEZ SAU, European University Institute, Florence
Mediating ‘Distance’: Diplomatic Correspondence and Agents in the Process of Spanish-Ottoman Peace Negotiations (1778-1782)

Session 3
Thomas GLESENER, Aix-Marseille Université / Institut universitaire de France

Cesare SANTUS, École française de Rome
Between East and West: Eastern Christian Mobility and the Roman Hub (17th-18th Century)

Feras KRIMSTI, University of Oxford
‘They are all like the Bedouins back home… but Christians!’ The Iberian Travel Journal of the Maronite Monk and Alms-collector Arsāniyūs (1754-55)

Salam RASSI, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
Counter-Reformation Literature in Ottoman Lands: Some Preliminary Notes on Arabic Translations of Spanish Catholic Texts from the Monastery of Bzummār, Lebanon

Session 4
Óscar RECIO MORALES, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Joanna PARTYKA, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
Gdansk, Nicolaus Volckmar and Juan Luis Vives

Ernest KOWALCZYK, Instituto Polaco de Cultura, Madrid
Between Poland, Italy and Spain: Nicolaus Secovius and his ‘Brief Description of Poland’


Session 5
José CUTILLAS, Universidad de Alicante

Emrah SAFA GÜRKAN, Istanbul 29 Mayıs University
À la recherche d’une famille perdue: Conversion, Memory and the Cigalas between Rome, Messina and Istanbul

Giorgio ROTA, Institut für Iranistik, Wien
On the Road: Ordinary People between Safavid Persia and Western Europe

Session 6
Glyn REDWORTH, University of Oxford

Jorun POETTERING, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
The Inquisition, the Portuguese Monarchy and its Go-Betweens in the North Sea and Baltic Regions

Étienne BOURDEU, Université François Rabelais de Tours
From the Shores of the Mediterranean to the Woods of Bohemia. The Role of Baltasar Marradas as a Mediator between the Spanish Monarchy and the Holy Empire

Closing remarks
Sir John ELLIOTT, University of Oxford

New Book: Sherer, “Warriors for a Living:

Idan Sherer, Warriors for a Living: The Experience of the Spanish Infantry during the Italian Wars, 1494-1559 (Brill, 2017).

New Book: Van Kley, “Reform Catholicism & the Suppression of the Jesuits”

Dale K. Van Kley, Reform Catholicism and the International Suppression of the Jesuits in Enlightenment Europe (Yale, 2018).

Reviews in the AHR, June 2018

American Historical Review 123/3 (2018):

Adrian Pearce reviews Ernesto Bassi, An Aqueous Territory: Sailor Geographies and New Granada’s Transimperial Greater Caribbean World (Duke, 2016).

Michelle A. McKinley reviews Bianca Premo, The Enlightenment on Trial: Ordinary Litigants and Colonialism in the Spanish Empire (Oxford, 2017).

Timothy E. Anna reviews Brian R. Hamnett, The End of Iberian Rule on the American Continent, 1770-1830 (Cambridge, 2017).

Jennifer L. Lambe reviews Pablo F. Gómez, The Experiential Caribbean: Creating Knowledge and Healing in the Early Modern Atlantic (UNC Press, 2017).

Daniel Nemser reviews Orlando Betancor, The Matter of Empire: Metaphysics and Mining in Colonial Peru (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017).

Matthias B. Lehmann reviews Jeremy Cohen, A Historian in Exile: Solomon ibn Verga, Shevet Yehudah, and the Jewish-Christian Encounter (Penn, 2017).

Reviews in the JMH, June 2018

The Journal of Modern History 90/2 (2018):

Miriam Bodian reviews Nicole Reinhardt, Voices of Conscience: Royal Confessors and Political Counsel in Seventeenth-Century Spain and France (Oxford, 2016).

María Bárbara Zepeda Cortés reviews Christopher Storrs, The Spanish Resurgence, 1713-1748 (Yale, 2016).

Jeremy Adelman reviews Brian R. Hamnett, The End of Iberian Rule on the American Continent, 1770-1830 (Cambridge, 2017).