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From Madrid to Purgatory: The Art and Craft of Dying in Sixteenth-Century Spain (Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History)

Eire, Carlos M. N.

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ISBN 10: 0521529425 / ISBN 13: 9780521529426
Published by Cambridge University Press
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0521529425 American SOFT COVERED first edition, first printing. Stated first paperback edition 2002 on copyright page. Virtually no wear to covers. The book itself is in Near Fine condition. The binding is straight and tight. NO remainder mark. All of our books are marked down 30% until January 31, 2017 (Discount is already applied). Start loading up now!. Bookseller Inventory # SKU1015227

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Title: From Madrid to Purgatory: The Art and Craft ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


Book Condition:Fine

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This book reveals the workings of a culture that cherished death, and invested its resources in the pursuit of heaven. This is the first full-length study of Spanish attitudes toward death and the afterlife in the peak years of the Counter-Reformation. It contains an analysis of the death rituals requested in hundreds of sixteenth-century Madrid testaments, as well as a detailed account of the ways in which the "good" deaths of King Philip II and Saint Teresa of Avila were interpreted by contemporaries.

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This book reveals the workings of a culture that cherished death, and invested its resources in the pursuit of heaven. In sixteenth-century Spain, the social and economic debts of the living were also extended to the dead, and its central paradigms sought to invert perceptions, making death seem better than life itself. This is the first full-length study of this phenomenon. It differs from previous histories of death in two significant ways: in its methodology, which seeks to interweave social history and intellectual/cultural history; and in its geographical and cultural setting (previous studies have focused on France, Italy, and England). As a history of mentalities focused on a subject of universal significance, From Madrid to Purgatory transcends its Spanishness and its time period while being wholly attentive to them.

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