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Apparitions in Late Medieval and Renaissance Spain - William A. Christian

Apparitions in Late Medieval and Renaissance Spain

Paperback Published: 21st February 1989
ISBN: 9780691008264
Number Of Pages: 372

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Like most other peoples, Spaniards have long wondered about God and the saints--what they want from mortals, how they affect human affairs, even what they look like. The most direct evidence has come from face to face meetings with the holy ones. These meetings are the subject of this book.

"About a dozen notarized accounts of apparitions, together with the pilgrimages and devotions they inspired in rural Spain from 1399 to 1523--the Spanish unabridged documents are gathered in appendices--form the core for William Christian's fascinating reconstruction of religious practices in Iberian villages. Astute commentary and a long and affectionate experience with the subject matter permit the author to place the reader as it were in a front-row seat to witness directly the face-to-face encounters villagers sometimes conducted with their divine personages--particularly with the Virgin Mary. A description so authentic flows from a profound knowledge both of the sources and of the people. We are all indebted to William Christian for making everyday religious life in late medieval Spanish villages as understandable to us today as would be a comparable account of a contemporary community in our own society."--Lionel Rothkrug, The Catholic Historical Review "No summary can do justice to the wealth these books [Apparitions in Late Medieval and Renaissance Spain and Local Religion in Sixteenth-Century Spain] offer to a wide variety of readers, not only in posing important analytical perspectives and questions but also in making available previously unpublished or untranslated primary material."--Susan Tax Freeman, Journal of Modern History "William A. Christian, Jr., is that rare scholar whose training in social anthropology assists rather than obscures his historical research. In Apparitions he ... Investigates 'a series of reports of celestial visions of common people, children, farmers, shepherds' wives, servants.' The author's approach to these visions is clearly stated: 'Rather than explaining away the visions, or even explaining them, I have tried to learn from them how people experienced both the world they knew and the world they had to imagine.' He has certainly learned much. His book throws light on commonly neglected aspects of Spanish society (such as its attitude toward children) as well as on the religion of the time (for instance, the increased insistence on penance and the Passion)."--J. N. Hillgarth, American Historical Review

List of Figuresp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: When People Meet Godp. 3
Late Medieval Apparitions in Castilep. 10
Introduction: Rural Life and Religionp. 10
Mary of Light with Matins Processionsp. 26
Santa Gadea (Burgos), 1399p. 26
Jaen, 1430p. 40
Mary of the Cross in Castilep. 57
Cubas (Madrid), 1449p. 57
Cubas and Guadalupep. 87
Two Saints in the Sierra de Guadarramap. 93
Anthony of Padua, Navas de Zarzuela (Segovia), 1455p. 94
Michael the Archangel, Navalagamella (Madrid), 1455p. 100
Mary of the Cross, A Reprisep. 103
Escalona (Segovia), c. 1490p. 103
Late Medieval Apparitions in Cataloniap. 111
The Catalan Contextp. 111
El Miracle (Lleida), 1458p. 113
Jafre (Girona), 1460p. 126
El Torn (Girona), 1483p. 132
Pinos (Lleida), 1507p. 137
Two Early Modern Visions: Reus (Tarragona), 1592, and Sant Aniol (Girona), 1618p. 140
Catalan and Castilian Messagesp. 144
Repression of Apparitions: The Inquisition in La Manchap. 150
Visions of Juan de Rabe, La Mota del Cuervo (Cuenca), c. 1514, 1516p. 152
Visions of Francisca la Brava, Quintanar de la Orden, 1523p. 159
General Themes in the Visionsp. 188
The Case of Jeanne d'Arc and Criteria for Verification of Visionsp. 188
Spanish Visions and the Renewal of the Local Devotional Systemp. 203
Sources and Diffusion of the Vision Storiesp. 207
The Logic of Divine Behaviorp. 212
Children, Saints, and the Plaguep. 215
Notesp. 223
Documentary Appendix of Spanish Textsp. 245
Santa Gadea, 1399p. 245
Jaen, 1430p. 250
Cubas, 1449p. 262
Guadalupep. 276
Navas de Zarzuela, 1455p. 279
Escalona, c. 1490p. 283
El Miracle, 1458p. 288
Jafre, 1460p. 299
El Torn, 1483p. 302
Pinos, 1507p. 305
Sant Aniol, 1618p. 306
La Mota, c. 1514, 1516p. 308
Quintanar de la Orden, 1523p. 312
Indexp. 333
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ISBN: 9780691008264
ISBN-10: 0691008264
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 372
Published: 21st February 1989
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.54 x 13.79  x 2.21
Weight (kg): 0.36