From Madrid to Purgatory: The Art and Craft of Dying in Sixteenth-Century Spain

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Cambridge University Press, 25 de jul. de 2002 - 588 páginas
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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Death and the sun
1
Eager for heaven Death and the testamentary discourse in Madrid 15201599
17
Wills and the history of death in Madrid
19
Approaching the divine tribunal
62
Relinquishing ones body
87
Impressing God and neighbor
114
Planning for the souls journey
168
Aiding the needy aiding oneself
232
Death the Spanish monarchy and the myth of sacredness
348
Conclusion
366
The saints heavenly corpse Teresa of Avila and the ultimate paradigm of death
369
From Alba to heaven Death and the saint
371
Come sweet death come swift dying The final days of Teresa of Avila
401
Imperishable flesh incomparable wonder
425
Earthbound no longer
446
Saint Teresas apparitions
472

Conclusion
248
The kings dissolving body Philip II and the royal paradigm of death
253
King Philip and his palace of death
255
The kings many requiems
283
Drawing lessons from the kings death
300
Defending the faith through ritual
322
Conclusion
502
In death as in life From the daily rounds of hell to the vestibule of heaven
511
Bibliography
535
Index
555
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