Beginning with the Black Death in 1348 and extending through to the demise of Habsburg rule in 1700, this second edition of Spanish Society, 1348-1700 has been expanded to provide a wide and compelling exploration of Spain's transition from the Middle Ages to modernity.
Each chapter builds on the first edition by offering new evidence of the changes in Spain's social structure between the fourteenth and seventeenth century. Every part of society is examined, culminating in a final section that is entirely new to the second edition and presents the changing social practices of the period, particularly in response to the growing crises facing Spain as it moved into the seventeenth century. Also new to this edition is a consideration of the social meaning of culture, specifically the presence of Hermetic themes and of magical elements in Golden Age literature and Cervantes' Don Quijote.
Through the extensive use of case studies, historical examples and literary extracts, Spanish Society is an ideal way for students to gain direct access to this captivating period.
Teofilo F. Ruiz is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. His previous publications include A King Travels: Festive Traditions in Late Medieval and Early Modern Spain (2012), Spain, 1300-1469: Centuries of Crises (2007), Medieval Europe and the World (2005) and From Heaven to Earth: The Reordering of Castilian Society, 1150-1350 (2004).
Contents List of tables Preface to the second edition Preface to the first edition Acknowledgements Introduction: from medieval to early modern PART ONE: THE GEOGRAPHY AND POLITICAL SETTING 1 The Making of Spain PART TWO: A SOCIETY OF ORDERS 2 Those who have not: peasants and town dwellers 3 Those who have: nobility and clergy 4 On the margins of society PART THREE: THE STRUCTURES OF EVERYDAY LIFE 5 Festivals and power: sites of inclusion and exclusion 6 From Carnival to Corpus Christi: festivals of affirmation 7 The burdens of violence: sites of conflict 8 Resisting violence: the wrath of the poor 9 The patterns of everyday life: eating and dressing 10 The patterns of everyday life: religion, honour, sexuality and popular culture PART FOUR: CULTURE AND SOCIETY IN AN AGE OF DECLINE 11 Spain under the late Habsburgs: Society in an age of crisis I 12 Spain under the late Habsburgs: Society in an age of crisis II Conclusion Appendix I: Chronology of events, 1390-1700 Appendix II: Glossary of terms Bibliography Index