A Companion to the Spanish Renaissance


A Companion to the Spanish Renaissance makes a renewed case for the inclusion of Spain within broader European Renaissance movements. Its introduction, “A Renaissance for the ‘Spanish Renaissance’?” will be sure to incite polemic across a broad spectrum of academic fields.

This interdisciplinary volume combines micro- with macro-history to offer a snapshot of the best new work being done in this area. With essays on politics and government, family and daily life, religion, nobles and court culture, birth and death, intellectual currents, ethnic groups, the plastic arts, literature, popular culture, law courts, women, literacy, libraries, civic ritual, illness, money, notions of community, philosophy and law, science, colonial empire, and historiography, it offers breath-taking scope without sacrificing attention to detail. Destined to become the standard go-to resource for non-specialists, this book also contains an extensive bibliography aimed at the serious researcher.

Contributors are: Beatriz de Alba-Koch, Edward Behrend-Martínez, Cristian Berco, Harald E. Braun, Susan Byrne, Bernardo Canteñs, Frederick A. de Armas, William Eamon, Stephanie Fink, Enrique García Santo-Tomás, J.A. Garrido Ardila, Marya T. Green-Mercado, Elizabeth Teresa Howe, Hilaire Kallendorf, Henry Kamen, Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt, Michael J. Levin, Ruth MacKay, Fabien Montcher, Ignacio Navarrete, Jeffrey Schrader, Lía Schwartz, Elizabeth Ashcroft Terry, and Elvira Vilches.

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Hilaire Kallendorf, Ph.D. (2000, Princeton University), is Professor of Hispanic and Religious Studies at Texas A&M University. She is the author of 4 monographs and 3 edited volumes, including A New Companion to Hispanic Mysticism (Brill, 2010) and A Companion to Early Modern Hispanic Theater (Brill, 2014).
“The book is described on the cover as a “go-to resource for non-specialists.” The description is just. Specialists will turn to it also, for the scholarly summaries it contains suggest multiple topics for further research. And it is beautifully produced, with a large number of illustrations, many of them in color.”
Terence O’Reilly, University College Cork. In: Journal of Jesuit Studies, Vol. 6, No. 2 (2019), pp. 357–360.

“This Companion to the Spanish Renaissance brings to the public a well-balanced compendium of views on the Renaissance in the multiple sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Iberian worlds. […] The book is an assortment of historical and literary essays that touch on many issues relevant for university-level courses. The book is very pedagogical, clearly explaining basic concepts related to the period. […] Any course related to the Habsburg early modern conglomerates of power would benefit from the use of this volume as a textbook or as a reference book.”
Juan Pablo Gil-Osle, Arizona State University. In: Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 73, No. 1 (Spring 2020), pp. 287–288.

A Companion to the Spanish Renaissance will become an invaluable addition to the library of any scholar or institution that is interested in early modern Spain, the Spanish Golden Age, or the Spanish Renaissance. […]. This volume is an incredibly important contribution to discipline and to the field of Spanish Renaissance Studies. It is well suited to advanced undergraduates who become interested in any aspect of the period. Likewise, it would serve as valuable reference tool in producing advanced undergraduate-level lectures or similar discussions. Graduate students and scholars who are new to the field will find it invaluable as they ground themselves in the historical contexts, primary sources, and historiography of the period. And even established scholars will find it useful, if not for the content, then certainly for the reference value.”
Samuel A. Claussen, California Lutheran University. In: The Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. 52, No. 1 (Spring 2021), pp. 155–157.

A Companion to the Spanish Renaissance presents both micro- and macro-historical approaches to the appearance, uses, and meanings of humanist culture in Spain and Latin America between 1500–1700. The volume’s treatment of such fascinating Latin material as the translation of a Nahuatl herbal in 1522 (p. 502), alongside better-known texts such as Nebrija’s Introductiones latinae (p. 321) or Alfonso de Palencia’s Universale Compendium Vocabulorum (p. 323), means that the companion offers much to Neo-Latin Studies as well as its principal audience in Hispanic Studies.”
In: The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies, Vol. 80, No. 1 (2020), p. 19.

RSA members, specialists in Golden Age Spain and colonial Latin America, Renaissance Studies experts, graduate students, university libraries, and scholars of history, religion, law, philosophy, women’s studies, and private life.
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