The Reception of Machiavelli in Early Modern Spain

July 2014
181 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Monografias A
ISBN: 9781855662827
Format: Hardback
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Tamesis Books
BISAC LIT004280, HIS045000

The Reception of Machiavelli in Early Modern Spain

Keith David Howard

Howard demonstrates that Machiavellian discourse had a profound impact on early modern Spanish prose treatises.
Arguing against historians of Spanish political thought that have neglected recent developments in our understanding of Machiavelli's contribution to the European tradition, the thesis of this book is that Machiavellian discourse had a profound impact on Spanish prose treatises of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. After reviewing in chapter 1 Machiavelli's ideological restructuring of the language of European political thought, in chapter 2 Dr. Howard shows how, before his works were prohibited in Spain in 1583, Spaniards such as Fadrique Furió Ceriol and Balthazar Ayala used Machiavelli's new vocabulary and theoretical framework to develop an imperial discourse that would be compatible with a militant understanding of Catholic Christianity. In chapters 3, 4 and 5 he demonstrates in detail how Giovanni Botero, Pedro de Ribadeneyra, and their imitators in the anti-Machiavellian reason-of-state tradition in Spain, attack a straw figure of Machiavelli that they have invented for their own rhetorical and ideological purposes, while they simultaneously incorporate key Machiavellian concepts into their own advice.

Keith David Howard is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Florida State University.

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Table of Contents

Medieval and Renaissance Humanist Political Discourse and Machiavelli
Machiavelli and Spanish Imperialist Discourse in the Sixteenth Century
Machiavelli and the Foundations of the Spanish Reason-of-State Tradition: Giovanni Botero and Pedro de Ribadeneyra
Machiavellian Discourse in the Hispanic Baroque Reason-of-State Tradition
Juan Pablo Mártir Rizo's Rereading of the Prince


Howard makes a masterly use of . . . primary sources . . . [and] displays a full linguistic proficiency in his analyses and explanations of Spanish terms and phrases that are crucial for a nuanced interpretation. . . . Overall, Howard succeeds in establishing an exemplary methodology and framework for making more accurate observations regarding Machiavelli's influence in other aspects of Spanish Renaissance culture as well. RENAISSANCE QUARTERLY

Howard's analyses of Iberian political writers have now become an inspiring study, undoubtedly one of the most interesting and complete on the subject of Machiavelli's influence in the Iberian Peninsula between 1540 and 1640. BULLETIN OF SPANISH STUDIES

Author Bio

Assistant Professor of Spanish at Florida State University

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