Queen Isabel I of Castile

March 2008
10 black and white, 2 line illustrations
262 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Monografias A
ISBN: 9781855661592
Format: Hardback
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Tamesis Books
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BISAC LIT004280

Queen Isabel I of Castile

Power, Patronage, Persona

Edited by Barbara F. Weissberger

Hardback
9781855661592
$99.00
The Queen who shaped the music, literature, architecture, and painting of late medieval Spain.
This multidisciplinary volume was inspired by the quincentenary of the death of Queen Isabel I of Castile, early modern Europe's first powerful queen regnant. Comprising work by distinguished art historians, musicologists, historians, and literary scholars from England, Spain, and the United States, it begins with a theoretical examination of medieval queenship itself that argues - against the grain of the volume - for its inseparability from kingship. Several essays examine the complex ways in which the Queen and her advisers shaped the music, literature, architecture, and painting of fifteenth-century Spain and how these in turn shaped the sovereign's power and persona. Others analyze influences on Isabel's reign from Aragón, Portugal, and northern Europe. A third group deals with issues of periodization, arguing from a variety of perspectives for the modernity of Isabelline culture. The evolving construction of Isabel's image from the mid-fifteenth to the late-twentieth century is also studied.

BARBARA WEISSBERGER is Associate Professor Emerita of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Minnesota.
OTHER CONTRIBUTORS:Rafael Domínguez Casas, Theresa Earenfight, Michael Gerli, Chiyo Ishikawa, Tess Knighton, Kenneth Kreitner, Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt, Nancy F. Marino, William D. Phillips, Jr., Emilio Ros-Fábregas, Ronald E. Surtz

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Questioning the Queen, Now and Then
Two Bodies, One Spirit: Isabel and Fernando's Construction of Monarchical Partnership - Theresa Earenfight
Isabel of Castile's Portuguese Connections and the Opening of the Atlantic - William D. Phillips
Isabel of Castile and Her Music Books: Franco-Flemish Song in Fifteenth-Cen tury Spain - Tess Knighton
The Reciprocal Construction of Isabelline Book Patronage - Ronald E. Surtz
Hernando de Talavera and Isabelline Imagery - Chiyo Ishikawa
Melodies for Private Devotion at the Court of Queen Isabel - Emilio Ros Fábregas
The Queen at War: Shared Sovereignity and Gender in Representations of the Granada Campaign - Elizabeth Lehfeldt
The Artistic Patronage of Isabel the Catholic: Medieval or Modern? - Rafael Domínguez Casas
Conflictive Subjectivity and the Politics of Truth and Justice in Cárcel de Amor - E. Michael Gerli
Juan de Anchieta and the Rest of the World - Kenneth Kreitner
Inventing the Catholic Queen: Images of Isabel I in History and Fiction - Nancy Marino

Reviews

Se trata de una obra sugerente, que contribuye al debate sobre algunos aspectos del reinado y la historia de Isabel I, a la vez que abre perspectivas, y aporta nuevas contribuciones que vienen a enriquecer el acercamiento a tan complejo periodo y personaje. Por otra parte, pone de manifiesto la necesidad de potenciar el acercamiento y la discusión entre los historiadores de ambos lados del Atlántico, y de favorecer el conocimiento, allí y aquí, de lo que se hace en cada una sus orillas. Isabel del Val Valdivieso, MÉLANGES DE LA CASA DE VELÁZQUEZ

A significant contribution to the field of Isabeline and biographical studies that brings together a very useful and much needed multidisciplinary approach. [...] This volume is certainly relevant for a wide range of audiences and would be useful to a scholar interested in pre-modern and modern literary studies, art history, history, or music, or as required reading in a university course. BIOGRAPHY

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