The Medieval Heritage Of Mexico by Luis WeckmannThe Medieval Heritage Of Mexico by Luis Weckmann

The Medieval Heritage Of Mexico

byLuis Weckmann, Frances M. Lopez-morillas

Hardcover | January 1, 1992

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The Medieval Heritage of Mexico is the result of more than thirty years' intensive research. This work examines, more thoroughly than any other, the medieval legacy that influences life in Spanish-speaking North America to the present day. Focusing on the period from 1517 - the expedition ofHernandez de Cordoba - to the middle of the seventeenth century, Weckmann describes how explorers, administrators, judges, and clergy introduced to the New World a culture that was essentially medieval. This culture was, in some respects, a flowering - a rebirth, even - of the ideals andinstitutions of medieval Europe, at a time when Europe itself was in the throes of the religious, political, and cultural upheavals of the early modern period. That the transplanted culture differentiated itself from that of Spain is due to the resistance of the indigenous cultures of Mexico.
Luis Weckman has been a professor of history and served as Mexico's ambassador to a number of major countries.
Title:The Medieval Heritage Of MexicoFormat:HardcoverDimensions:692 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 0.02 inPublished:January 1, 1992Publisher:Fordham University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823213242

ISBN - 13:9780823213245


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With meticulous detail, the author brings to life the colorful pageant of early Spanish Mexico and its remarkable characters. An extensive bibliography provides access to the original source documents and chronicles as well as to the scholarship of modern researchers.

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"Weckmann, a scholar-diplomat, has at last brought into print a comprehensive collection of findings on the ideas, customs, practices, cultural expressions, and institutions of medieval origin introduced by Spain into its colonies. A relentless focus on medieval influences suffuses the work, from the preconceptions that lay behind the voyages of discovery and conquest (Pt. 1); to the imposition of Spanish religious, political, and economic institutions (Pts. 2 and 3); through a final section on transmitted medieval traits affecting society, culture, and the legal system. The huge scope of this studyDSencompassing New Spain in its broadest geographical sense over a period roughly from 1517 to 1650DSmakes it impossible to identify comparable works. Certainly, much is owed conceptually to such earlier proponents of medieval continuity as Sanchez Albornoz, Menendez Pidol, Ots Capdequi, Frederici, and Verlinden, as well as to the more contemporary efforts of Zavala, Miranda, Foster, Liss, and others. As a descriptive compendium of this vast subject, the work is unparalleled. Exhaustive bibliography of primary and secondary sources; extensive footnotes. Undergraduate; graduate; faculty."