Chariots of Ladies: Francesc Eiximenis and the Court Culture of Medieval and Early Modern Iberia

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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'Arenós 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, the 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.

Chariots of Ladies is the winner of the biennial Premio del Rey from the American Historical Association (2016), and has also garnered Honorable Mentions from the Modern Language Association (Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize, 2016) and the University of Colorado at Boulder (Kayden Book Award, 2016). 

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Nuria Silleras-Fernandez is Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She is also affiliated faculty in History and Women and Gender Studies. She is the author of Power, Piety, and Patronage in Late Medieval Queenship: Maria de Luna (Palgrave, 2008)  and of Chariots of Ladies: Francesc Eiximenis and the Court Culture of Medieval and Early Modern Iberia (Cornell UP, 2015). Chariots of Ladies is the winner of the biennial Premio del Rey from the American Historical Association (2016), and of the 2017 La Corónica International Book Award (Modern Languages Association Division on Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures), and has also garnered Honorable Mentions from the Modern Language Association ( Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize, 2016) and the University of Colorado at Boulder (Kayden Book Award, 2016). She is also coeditor of In and Of the Mediterranean: Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Studies (Vaderbilt UP, 2015) and of Teaching Gender Through Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Texts and Cultures (Sense 2015).

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The Modern Language Association awarded an Honorable Mention, the Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize (2016), to  Chariots of Ladies: Francesc Eiximenis and the Court Culture of Medieval and Early Modern Iberia. The committee's citation for Silleras-Fernández's book reads:
"Núria Silleras-Fernández's Chariots of Ladies: Francesc Eiximenis and the Court Culture of Medieval and Early Modern Iberia is a rigorous study on the archetypes of queenship and models of feminine conduct and virtue among noblewomen in late medieval and early modern Iberia, as crafted by the Catalan friar Francesc Eiximenis. The book moves from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century to critically examine the role of models of virtue and queenship culture and the subtle plotting of female agency in the aristocratic circles of the Iberian Peninsula in the period. A well-grounded cultural history, Chariots of Ladies makes an important contribution on the subject of the education of noblewomen as well as on the intricacies of female empowerment in courtly life."

The American Historical Association  awarded the biannual Premio del Rey (2016)  to Chariots of Ladies. The committee's citation for Silleras-Fernández's book reads:

"Silleras-Fernandez's book focuses on Francesc Eiximenis and demonstrates his importance for understanding medieval and early modern Iberian history. With methodological breadth and thematic depth, she addresses questions of textual transmission and gender, patronage and ruling authority, and the changing dynamics and mechanics of noble culture and society. She upends older notions of regional division by showing Eiximenis's influence on noblewomen across the Iberian peninsula and beyond. In short, Chariots of Ladies is a sophisticated, well-research, elegantly argued work."

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