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Spanish Society, 1400-1600 Teofilo F. Ruiz

Spanish Society, 1400-1600

Teofilo F. Ruiz

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ISBN : 9780582286917
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286 pages
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Spanish Society depicts a complex and fascinating country in transition from the late Middle Ages to modernity. It describes every part of society from the gluttonous nobility to their starving peasants. Through anecdotes, a lively style andMoreSpanish Society depicts a complex and fascinating country in transition from the late Middle Ages to modernity. It describes every part of society from the gluttonous nobility to their starving peasants. Through anecdotes, a lively style and portraits of figures such as St Teresa of Avila and Torquemada, the book reflects the character and humour with which the common Spaniard endured an often-wretched lot.Beginning with a description of the geography, political life, and culture of Spain from 1400 to 1600, the unfolding narrative charts the countrys shifts from one age to the next. It unveils patterns of everyday life from the court to the brothel, from the haves of the aristocracy and clergy to the have nots of the peasantry and the urban poor.Historical records illuminate details of Spanish society such as the transition from medieval festivities to the highly-scripted spectacles of the early modern period, the reasons for violence and popular resistance and the patterns of daily living: eating, dressing, religious beliefs and concepts of honour and sexuality.This compelling account includes historical examples and literary extracts, which allow the reader direct access to the period. From the street theatre of village carnivals to the oppressive Spanish Inquisition, it gives an abiding sense of Spain in the making and renders vivid the colours of a passionate history.TEOFILO F. RUIZ is Professor of History in the University of California at Los Angeles.