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From Madrid to Purgatory : The Art and Craft of Dying in Sixteenth-Century Spain - Carlos M. N. Eire

From Madrid to Purgatory

The Art and Craft of Dying in Sixteenth-Century Spain

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Published: 30th June 1995
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This book reveals the workings of a culture that cherished death, and invested its resources in the pursuit of heaven. This is the first full-length study of Spanish attitudes toward death and the afterlife in the peak years of the Counter-Reformation. It contains an analysis of the death rituals requested in hundreds of sixteenth-century Madrid testaments, as well as a detailed account of the ways in which the "good" deaths of King Philip II and Saint Teresa of Avila were interpreted by contemporaries.

'This is a finely researched, lucidly written and carefully nuanced study.' Henry Kamen, The Times Literary Supplement

Prologue: death and the sun
Eager for Heaven: Death and Testamentary Discourse in Madrid, 1520-1599
Wills and the history of death in Madrid
Approaching the divine tribunal
Relinquishing one's body
Impressing God and neighbor
Planning for the soul's journey
Aiding the needy, aiding oneself
Conclusion
The King's Dissolving Body: Philip II and the Royal Paradigm of Death
King Philip and his palace of death
The king's many requiems
Drawing lessons from the king's death
Defending the faith through ritual
Death, the Spanish monarchy, and the myth of sacredness
Conclusion
The Saint's Heavenly Corpse: Teresa of Avila and the Ultimate Paradigm of Death
From Alba to Heaven
Come sweet death, come swift dying
Imperishable flesh, incomparable wonder
Earthbound no longer
Saint Teresa's apparitions
Conclusion
Epilogue: in death as in life: from the daily rounds of Hell to the vestibule of Heaven
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ISBN: 9780521460187
ISBN-10: 0521460182
Series: Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 588
Published: 30th June 1995
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.72 x 16.33  x 3.86
Weight (kg): 0.95