Saint and Nation: Santiago, Teresa of Avila, and Plural Identities in Early Modern Spain

Paperback | February 28, 2011

byErin Kathleen Rowe

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In early seventeenth-century Spain, the Castilian parliament voted to elevate the newly beatified Teresa of Avila to co-patron saint of Spain alongside the traditional patron, Santiago. Saint and Nation examines Spanish devotion to the cult of saints and the controversy over national patron sainthood to provide an original account of the diverse ways in which the early modern nation was expressed and experienced by monarch and town, center and periphery. By analyzing the dynamic interplay of local and extra-local, royal authority and nation, tradition and modernity, church and state, and masculine and feminine within the co-patronage debate, Erin Rowe reconstructs the sophisticated balance of plural identities that emerged in Castile during a central period of crisis and change in the Spanish world.

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In early seventeenth-century Spain, the Castilian parliament voted to elevate the newly beatified Teresa of Avila to co-patron saint of Spain alongside the traditional patron, Santiago. Saint and Nation examines Spanish devotion to the cult of saints and the controversy over national patron sainthood to provide an original account of t...

Erin Kathleen Rowe is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Virginia.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.64 inPublished:February 28, 2011Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271037741

ISBN - 13:9780271037745

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Table of Contents

Contents

List of Maps

Acknowledgments

List of Abbreviations

Introduction

1. Santiago and the Shadow of Decline

2. Saint Teresa and the Lived Experience of the Holy

3. The Politics of Patron Sainthood

4. The Gender of Foreign Policy

5. Mapping Sacred Geography

6. King, Nation, and Church in the Habsburg Monarchy

7. Endgame in Rome

Epilogue

Bibliography

Index

Editorial Reviews

“Rowe successfully illustrates how the co-patronage debate reflected the diversity of cultural, religious, and political identities in early modern Spain. . . . This is a work of sound scholarship and far-reaching insights that deserves wide dissemination among students of religion and politics.”

—Helen Rawlings, American Historical Review