Early Modern Spain: A Documentary History by Jon CowansEarly Modern Spain: A Documentary History by Jon Cowans

Early Modern Spain: A Documentary History

EditorJon Cowans

Paperback | May 12, 2003

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Spain as a political entity can be traced to the joining of the two largest Iberian kingdoms through the marriage of Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile in 1469. Over the course of the next centuries, Spain rose to European dominance, presided over the world's largest empire, and saw its power and wealth decline until it was finally conquered and occupied by Napoleon in the early nineteenth century. Early Modern Spain: A Documentary History, the first broad-ranging collection in English of writings from the entire period from 1469 to the end of the eighteenth century, comprises 61 documents carefully selected and introduced by Jon Cowans.

Beginning with the marriage contract of Ferdinand and Isabella, the volume unveils the rich and turbulent history of early modern Spain through contemporary writings, including documents on the expulsion of the Jews in 1492, a narrative of the conquest of Mexico, accounts of the Inquisition, a profile of King Philip II, a cleric's primer on "the perfect wife," a sermon on the defeat of the "Invincible Armada" in 1588, reports of a bread riot in Seville, a royal investigation of the painter Velázquez, Benito Feijóo's "defense of women" of 1737, a 1790 denunciation of bullfighting, and Charles IV's declaration of war on revolutionary France in 1793.

Covering political, cultural, social, and economic history, Early Modern Spain: A Documentary History provides a valuable opportunity to explore the history of Spain through primary sources, revealing the problems and experiences of Spain's empire, tensions among ethnic groups and across regions, the place of women and minorities in Spanish society, and the outlooks and roles of Spanish artists.

Jon Cowans is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University, Newark. He is the editor of the companion volume Modern Spain: A Documentary History, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.
Title:Early Modern Spain: A Documentary HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.85 inPublished:May 12, 2003Publisher:University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.Language:English

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Table of Contents


1. King Ferdinand, Marriage Concessions (1469)
2. Ferdinand and Isabella, Letter on the Inquisition (1480)
3. Juan de Mariana, The Conquest of Granada (1601)
4. Surrender Treaty of the Kingdom of Granada (1491)
5. Ferdinand and Isabella, Decree of Expulsion of the Jews (1492)
6. The Expulsion of the Jews from Spain (1495)
7. Christopher Columbus, Letter on the New World (1493)
8. The Requirement (1513)
9. Bernal Díaz del Castillo, The Conquest of Mexico (1550s)
10. Demands of the Comuneros (1520)
11. Charles V, Statement on Luther (1521)
12. The Inquisition (1536-1567)
13. Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda, Just War in the Indies (ca. 1547)
14. Bartolomé; de Las Casas, Thirty Propositions (1552)
15. Letter from Five Franciscans (1552)
16. Viceroy Luis de Velasco, Letter to King Charles (1553)
17. Saint Ignatius Loyola, Autobiography (1555)
18. Ysabel de Guevara, Hardships in the Río de la Plata Region (1556)
19. Baltasar Porreño, Portrait of Philip II (1628)
20. Philip II, What to Learn Concerning Indian Tribute (1559)
21. The Struggle Against Protestantism (1559, 1566)
22. Saint Teresa of Avila, Autobiography (1561-1565)
23. Margaret of Parma, The Situation in the Low Countries (1566)
24. Letter from Four Indian Governors (1567)
25. Francisco Núñez Muley, A Morisco Plea (1567)
26. The Council of State, Events in Antwerp (1576)
27. Philip II, The Portuguese Succession (1579)
28. Luis de Leó, The Perfect Wife (1583)
29. Pedro de Rivadeneyra, Exhortation for the Soldiers (1588)
30. Pedro de Rivadeneyra, On the Causes of the Armada's Defeat (1588)
31. Martín González de Cellorigo, The Restoration of the Republic (1600)
32. Magdalena de San Jerónimo, Vagabond Women (1608)
33. Francisco Bermúez de Pedraza, The Moriscos of Granada (1638)
34. Philip III, Decree of Expulsion of the Moriscos (1609)
35. The Archbishop of Seville, On the Expulsion of the Moriscos (1610)
36. The Count-Duke of Olivares, Instructions on Government (1624)
37. Consell de Cent, Catalan Grievances (1640)
38. Philip IV, Decree Pardoning the Catalan Rebels (1644)
39. Juan de Solórzano y Pereyra, Indian Policy (1648)
40. Francisco Pacheco, The Art of Painting (1649)
41. Pedro de Zamora Hurtado, The Situation in Seville (1652)
42. The Veláquez Investigation (1658-1659)
43. Treaty Between Spain and Portugal (1668)
44. The Marquis de Villars, Memoirs of the Court of Spain (1678-1682)
45. Alexander Stanhope, Spain Under Charles II (1696-1699)
46. Laws of the Habsburg Monarchy
47. Philip V, Decrees on Political Centralization (1707, 1716)
48. The Treaty of Utrecht (1713)
49. Benito Feijó, "In Defense of Women" (1737)
50. Benito Feijóo, Causes of Spain's Backwardness (1745)
51. José Campillo y Cossío, A New Economic Policy for America (1762)
52. Laws of the Bourbon Monarchy
53. The Count of Aranda, On the Independence of the Colonies (1783)
54. Josefa Amar, In Defense of the Talent of Women (1786)
55. Joseph Townsend, A Journey Through Spain in the Years 1786 and 1787
56. Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos, In Praise of Charles III (1788)
57. Pedro Rodríguez de Campomanes, On the Political Economy of Spain (1789)
58. Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos, "On Spectacles and Public Entertainments" (1790)
59. José Marchena, To the Spanish Nation (1792)
60. Charles IV, Declaration of War on France (1793)
61. Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos, Letter on the French Revolution (1794)


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"Immediately useful to anyone interested in Spanish history and culture."—Virginia Quarterly Review