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A King TravelsFestive Traditions in Late Medieval and Early Modern Spain$
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Teofilo F. Ruiz

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691153575

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691153575.001.0001

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Festivals in Late Medieval and Early Modern Spain: An Introduction

Festivals in Late Medieval and Early Modern Spain: An Introduction

(p.1) Chapter I Festivals in Late Medieval and Early Modern Spain: An Introduction
A King Travels

Teofilo F. Ruiz

Princeton University Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of festivals in late medieval and early modern Spain. Whether meant to impress and lord over neighbors, friends, or foes, or to promote and enhance royal or princely power, celebrations in the late medieval and early modern periods were, as they are today, inextricably linked to the exercise and experience of power. This book focuses on Philip II's 1585–86 journey throughout Spain. Reading accounts of the royal entries, Carnivals, and other festivities that took place during Philip II's perambulations throughout his Iberian realms or on his visits to trans-Pyrenean imperial lands as a prince, one is forcefully struck by the ageless quality of what were essentially political and cultural performances.

Keywords:   Spanish festivals, Spain, princely power, Spanish celebrations, Philip II, political performances, cultural performances

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