Chariots of Ladies: Francesc Eiximenis and the Court Culture of Medieval and Early Modern Iberia (Hardback)Nuria Silleras-Fernandez (author)
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In Chariots of Ladies, Nuria Silleras-Fernandez traces the development of devotion and female piety among the Iberian aristocracy from the late Middle Ages into the Golden Age, and from Catalonia to the rest of Iberia and Europe via the rise of the Franciscan Observant movement. A program of piety and morality devised by Francesc Eiximenis, a Franciscan theologian, royal counselor, and writer in Catalonia in the 1390s, came to characterize the feminine ideal in the highest circles of the Iberian aristocracy in the era of the Empire. As Eiximenis's work was adapted and translated into Castilian over the century and a half that followed, it became a model of devotion and conduct for queens and princesses, including Isabel the Catholic and her descendants, who ruled over Portugal and the Spanish Empire of the Hapsburgs.Silleras-Fernandez uses archival documentation, letters, manuscripts, incunabula, and a wide range of published material to clarify how Eiximenis's ideas on gender and devotion were read by Countess Sanxa Ximenis d'Arenos and Queen Maria de Luna of Aragon and how they were then changed by his adaptors and translators in Castile for new readers (including Isabel the Catholic and Juana the Mad), and in sixteenth-century Portugal for new patronesses (Juana's daughter, Catalina of Habsburg, and Catalina's daughter, Maria Manuela, first wife of Philip II). Chariots of Ladies casts light on a neglected dimension of encounter and exchange in Iberia from the late fourteenth to the mid-sixteenth centuries.
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 624 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 28 mm
"Chariots of Ladies is a terrific and thoughtful book! Francesc Eiximenis was an important figure, and his works are a lens through which to explore questions of political administrative practices, female spirituality, and religious concerns. It is about time that he is given his due as one of the most prolific and insightful writers of the fourteenth century. Nuria Silleras-Fernandez restores Eiximenis to his rightful and well-deserved place in the world of late medieval ideas in the Iberian peninsula and beyond. She adroitly reconstructs the world in which he wrote, his connections with the royal house of the Crown of Aragon, and, through the adoption of his works long after his death, his impact on female rulers in Iberia."-- Teofilo F. Ruiz, UCLA, and author of A King Travels: Festive Traditions in Late Medieval and Early Modern Spain
"Convincingly demonstrates the lasting influence of Eiximenis's models of womanly virtue and queenship.... Seamlessly unites literary and historical analysis, and the result is illuminating and eminently readable."* RENAISSANCE QUARTERLY *
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