A Companion to the Spanish Renaissance


A Companion to the Spanish Renaissance edited by Hilaire Kallendorf 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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Biographical Note

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).

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Figures and Maps List of Contributors
Introduction: A Renaissance for the ‘Spanish Renaissance’?Hilaire Kallendorf

Part 1 Politics and Government

1 Laying the Foundations for a Spanish Renaissance: Late Medieval Politics and GovernmentHarald E. Braun
2 Politics and Government in the Spanish Empire during the 16th CenturyFabien Montcher

Part 2 Empire and Ethnicity

3 The Spanish Colonial Empire in the Renaissance: Establishing the First Global CultureBeatriz de Alba-Koch
4 Ethnic Groups in Renaissance SpainMayte Green-Mercado

Part 3 Culture and Society

5 Daily Life and the Family in Renaissance SpainElizabeth A. Lehfeldt
6 Birth and Death in the Spanish RenaissanceStephanie L. Fink
7 ReligionHenry Kamen
8 Fashioning Disease: Narrative and the Sick Body in the Spanish InquisitionCristian Berco

Part 4 ‘High’ and ‘Low’

9 Nobles and Court CultureIgnacio Navarrete and Elizabeth Ashcroft Terry-Roisin
10 Popular Culture, Spanish Law Courts, and the Early Modern StateEdward Behrend-Martínez
11 Civic Ritual, Urban LifeEnrique García Santo-Tomás
12 Community and the Common Good in Early Modern CastileRuth MacKay

Part 5 Humanists and Their Legacy

13 Intellectual LifeLía Schwartz and Susan Byrne
14 Ladies, Libraries and Literacy in Early Modern SpainElizabeth Teresa Howe
15 Philosophy, Law and Mysticism in Renaissance SpainBernie Cantens

Part 6 Artistic Production

16 The Literature of the Spanish RenaissanceJ.A. Garrido Ardila
17 Painting and SculptureJeffrey Schrader
18 Visual Culture: Art and Ekphrasis in Early Modern SpainFrederick A. de Armas

Part 7 Currents and Currency

19 Spanish Science in the Age of the NewWilliam Eamon
20 Doing Things with Money in Early Modern SpainElvira Vilches
21 Historiography and European Perceptions of SpainMichael J. Levin
Bibliography Index


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.