From Madrid to Purgatory: The Art and Craft of Dying in Sixteenth-Century Spain

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Juli 2005



The first full-length study of sixteenth-century Spanish attitudes towards death and the afterlife.


Prologue: death and the sun; Part I. Eager for Heaven: Death and Testamentary Discourse in Madrid, 1520-1599: 1. Wills and the history of death in Madrid; 2. Approaching the divine tribunal; 3. Relinquishing one's body; 4. Impressing God and neighbor; 5. Planning for the soul's journey; 6. Aiding the needy, aiding oneself; 7. Conclusion; Part II. The King's Dissolving Body: Philip II and the Royal Paradigm of Death: 1. King Philip and his palace of death; 2. The king's many requiems; 3. Drawing lessons from the king's death; 4. Defending the faith through ritual; 5. Death, the Spanish monarchy, and the myth of sacredness; 6. Conclusion; Part III. The Saint's Heavenly Corpse: Teresa of Avila and the Ultimate Paradigm of Death: 1. From Alba to Heaven; 2. Come sweet death, come swift dying; 3. Imperishable flesh, incomparable wonder; 4. Earthbound no longer; 5. Saint Teresa's apparitions; 6. Conclusion; Epilogue: in death as in life: from the daily rounds of Hell to the vestibule of Heaven.


'This is a finely researched, lucidly written and carefully nuanced study.' Henry Kamen, The Times Literary Supplement
EAN: 9780521460187
ISBN: 0521460182
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in Early Mod'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juli 2005
Seitenanzahl: 588 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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