La Conquistadora: The Virgin Mary at War and Peace in the Old and New Worlds

Paperback | February 10, 2014

byAmy G. Remensnyder

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Through the Virgin Mary, Remensnyder examines the dynamics of Christian and non-Christian identity in the pre-modern Spanish world. Rather than focusing on the Virgin Mary, she instead uses the Virgin as a lens to understand how people established identities for themselves in the contexts ofdomination and devotion. The first half of the book looks at how Spanish Christians used the Virgin's martial functions to draw lines of demarcation between themselves and non-Christians both metaphoric differences such as doctrinal differences and religious polemic and physical ones of war. Shecould also embody religious borderlands, the places of hybrid and fluid spiritual identities. The second half of the book looks at how the Virgin served as a place of passage where religious lines could be crossed through conversion. The book considers Christian stories that depict Mary as aparticularly effective agent in the conversion of Jews, Muslims, and natives of the Americas. The project also examines those Jews, Muslims, and Indians who converted to Christianity: the Virgin was a figure of power through whom they could express their new hybrid identities.

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Through the Virgin Mary, Remensnyder examines the dynamics of Christian and non-Christian identity in the pre-modern Spanish world. Rather than focusing on the Virgin Mary, she instead uses the Virgin as a lens to understand how people established identities for themselves in the contexts ofdomination and devotion. The first half of th...

Amy G. Remensnyder is Associate Professor of History at Brown University. She is the author of Remembering Kings Past: Monastic Foundation Legends in Medieval Southern France and co-editor of the forthcoming Why the Middle Ages Matter.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:February 10, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199893004

ISBN - 13:9780199893003

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: New Mexico, 1992Part One: The Virgin and the ReconquestIntroduction1. Marian Monarchs and the Virgin's Realm2. Heroes and History3. In a Man's WorldPart Two: Spiritual PoliticsIntroduction4. Mary's Enemies, Mary's Friends5. Lady of the Enemies6. Mother of ConversionPart Three: New WorldsIntroduction7. Marian Conquistadors and Lay Evangelists8. Our Precious Mother9. Relics of the Conquest10. The Return of the VirginEpilogue: Medieval New Mexico and MestizajeNotesSelect BibliographyIndex