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Authority and Spectacle in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Essays in Honor of Teofilo F. Ruiz

ISBN 9780367880491
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Bringing together distinguished scholars in honor of Professor Teofilo F. Ruiz, this volume presents original and innovative research on the critical and uneasy relationship between authority and spectacle in the period from the twelfth to the sixteenth centuries, focusing on Spain, the Mediterranean and Latin America.

Cultural scholars such as Professor Ruiz and his colleagues have challenged the notion that authority is elided with high politics, an approach that tends to be monolithic and disregards the uneven application and experience of power by elite and non-elite groups in society by highlighting the significance of spectacle. Taking such forms as ceremonies, rituals, festivals, and customs, spectacle is a medium to project and render visible power, yet it is also an ambiguous and contested setting, where participants exercise the roles of both actor and audience. Chapters in this collection consider topics such as monarchy, wealth and poverty, medieval cuisine and diet and textual and visual sources.

The individual contributions in this volume collectively represent a timely re-examination of authority that brings in the insights of cultural theory, ultimately highlighting the importance of representation and projection, negotiation and ambivalence.

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Authority and Spectacle: Teofilo F. Ruiz and the Study of Medieval and Early Modern Europe Yuen-Gen Liang and Jarbel Rodriguez

Part I – Authority in Borders and Conquests

    1. A Border Policy? Louis IX and the Spanish Connection

    2. William C. Jordan

    3. The King, the Coin, and the Word: Imagining and Enacting Castilian Frontiers in the Late Medieval Iberia

    4. Claire Gilbert

    5. An End to Conquests: Expansion and its Limits in the Iberian World, Fifteenth to the Early Seventeenth Centuries

      Xavier Gil

    6. ‘All Things to All Men’: Political Messianism in Late Medieval and Early Modern Spain

    7. Bryan Givens

      Part II – Authority in Texts, Taxes, and Penury

    8. Transmitting Urgency in the Romance: An Example of Strategic Codeswitching in the Crown of Aragon’s Thirteenth-Century Royal Chancery

    9. Antonio Zaldivar

    10. The Issues of Fiscal Systems in Castilian Towns from 1369 to 1474

    11. Denis Menjot

    12. Authority and Poverty in Late-Medieval Spain

    13. Francisco Garcia-Serrano

      Part III – Spectacles of Purity in the Body and in the Realm

    14. The Saint at the Gate: Giving Relics a ‘Royal Entry’ in Eleventh to Twelfth-Century France

    15. Kate Craig

    16. Medieval Cuisines and the Seasons of the Year

    17. Paul Freedman

    18. Medieval Media and Minorities: Jews and Muslims in the Cantigas de Santa María

    19. David Nirenberg

      Part IV – Spectacles of Empire and Identity

    20. Poor Colors, Rich Colors

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Yuen-Gen Liang is Associate Professor of History at National Taiwan University, Taipei. His previous publications include Family and Empire: The Fernández de Córdoba and the Spanish Realm (2011).

Jarbel Rodriguez is Professor of History at San Francisco State University. His previous publications include Captives and their Saviors in the Medieval Crown of Aragon (2009).