Daily Life in Spain in the Golden Age

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Stanford University Press, 1979 - History - 256 pages
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In "Daily Life in Spain in the Golden Age", distinguished French historian Marcelin Defourneaux gives us an account of life in Spain during the period starting from the succession of Philip II (1556) to the death of Philip IV (1665). In this fascinating scholarly account, the author relies upon literary works and travel accounts written during this 'golden age' to present an overall picture of Spanish society of that time. Rich accounts of political and economic developments are woven into the narrative, and the author also covers the importance of Catholic faith and the emphasis upon personal honor.
  

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Contents

FOREWORD
13
THE CONCEPTION OF LIFE
28
La plaza Mayor de Madrid feeing page
32
Fiesta of horsemen in the Plaza Mayor
33
MADRID THE COURT AND THE TOWN
46
The Infante Don Carlos
48
Queen Margaret of Austria wife of Philip III
48
SEVILLE THE MIRROR OF THE INDIES
74
Velazquez A selfportrait
144
DOMESTIC LIFE WOMAN AND THE HOME
145
A troupe of strolling players meets Don Quixote
160
The History of Don Quichote
160
UNIVERSITY LIFE AND THE WORLD
163
MILITARY LIFE
190
The relief of Cadiz by Zurbaran
208
The Surrender of Breda
209

Auto de Fe in the Plaza Mayor de Madrid
80
Punishment of those condemned in the Inquisition
81
URBAN AND RURAL LIFE
91
Spanish Theatre 1660 Corral de la Pacheca
96
Court Joker of Philip IV
96
THE CHURCH AND RELIGIOUS LIFE
106
PUBLIC LIFE FESTIVALS AND POPULAR ENTER
128
THE PICARESQUE LIFE
212
Lope de Vega by Obra de Caxes ?
224
Cervantes by Juan de Jauregui
224
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTES
229
INDEX
253
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