Early Modern Spain: A Documentary History

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Jon Cowans
University of Pennsylvania Press, May 12, 2003 - History - 280 pages
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Spain as a political entity can be traced to the joining of the two largest Iberian kingdoms through the marriage of Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile in 1469. Over the course of the next centuries, Spain rose to European dominance, presided over the world's largest empire, and saw its power and wealth decline until it was finally conquered and occupied by Napoleon in the early nineteenth century. Early Modern Spain: A Documentary History, the first broad-ranging collection in English of writings from the entire period from 1469 to the end of the eighteenth century, comprises 61 documents carefully selected and introduced by Jon Cowans.

Beginning with the marriage contract of Ferdinand and Isabella, the volume unveils the rich and turbulent history of early modern Spain through contemporary writings, including documents on the expulsion of the Jews in 1492, a narrative of the conquest of Mexico, accounts of the Inquisition, a profile of King Philip II, a cleric's primer on "the perfect wife," a sermon on the defeat of the "Invincible Armada" in 1588, reports of a bread riot in Seville, a royal investigation of the painter Velázquez, Benito Feijóo's "defense of women" of 1737, a 1790 denunciation of bullfighting, and Charles IV's declaration of war on revolutionary France in 1793.

Covering political, cultural, social, and economic history, Early Modern Spain: A Documentary History provides a valuable opportunity to explore the history of Spain through primary sources, revealing the problems and experiences of Spain's empire, tensions among ethnic groups and across regions, the place of women and minorities in Spanish society, and the outlooks and roles of Spanish artists.

 

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Contents

King Ferdinand Marriage Concessions 1469
7
Ferdinand and Isabella Letter on the Inquisition 1480
10
Juan de Mariana The Conquest of Granada 1601
12
4 Surrender Treaty of the Kingdom of Granada 1491
15
Ferdinand and Isabella Decree of Expulsion of the Jews 1492
20
The Expulsion of the Jews from Spain 1495
24
Christopher Columbus Letter on the New World 1493
28
The Requirement 1513
34
The Council of State Events in Antwerp 1576
110
Philip II The Portuguese Succession 1579
112
Luis dc Leon The Perfect Wife 1583
117
Pedro de Ribadeneyra Exhortation for the Soldiers 1588
126
Pedro de Ribadeneyra On the Causes of the Armadas Defeat 1588
130
Martin Gonzalez de Cellorigo The Restoration of the Republic 1600
133
Magdalena de San Jeronimo Vagabond Women 1608
141
The Archbishop of Seville On the Expulsion of
149

9 Bernal Diaz del Castillo The Conquest of Mexico 1550s
37
Demands of the Comuneros 1520
46
Charles V Statement on Luther 1521
49
The Inquisition 15361567
51
Juan Gines de Sepiilveda Just War in the Indies ca 1547
58
Bartolome de Las Casas Thirty Propositions 1552
64
Letter from Five Franciscans 1552
69
Viceroy Luis de Velasco Letter to King Charles 1553
74
Saint Ignatius Loyola Autobiography 1555
79
Ysabel de Guevara Hardships in the Rio de la Plata Region 1556
83
Baltasar Porrerio A Portrait of King Philip II 1628
86
Philip II What to Learn Concerning Indian Tribute 1559
88
The Struggle Against Protestantism 15591566
91
Saint Teresa of Avila Autobiography 15611565
93
Margaret of Parma The Situation in the Low Countries 1566
100
Letter from Four Indian Governors 1567
102
Francisco Nunez Muley A Morisco Plea 1567
105
Cornell de Cent Catalan Grievances 1640
158
Francisco Pacheco The Art of Painting 1649
168
The Velazquez Investigation 16581659
175
The Marquis de Villars Memoirs of the Court of Spain 16781682
182
Alexander Stanhope Spain Under Charles I I 16961699
188
Philip V Decrees on Political Centralization 1707 1716
203
Benito Feijoo In Defense of Women 1737
210
Jose Campillo y Cossio A New Economic Policy
217
Laws of the Bourbon Monarchy
225
The Count of Aranda On the Independence of
234
Joseph Townsend A Journey Through Spain in the Tears 1786
242
Pedro Rodriguez de Campomanes On the Political Economy
251
Jose Marchena To the Spanish Nation 1792
261
Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos Letter on the French
267
Index
275
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Jon Cowans is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University, Newark. He is the editor of the companion volume Modern Spain: A Documentary History, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

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