From Madrid to Purgatory
The Art and Craft of Dying in Sixteenth-Century Spain
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From Madrid to Purgatory by Carlos M. N. Eire
Book DescriptionThis book reveals the workings of a culture that cherished death, and invested its resources in the pursuit of heaven. In sixteenth-century Spain, the social and economic debts of the living were extended to the dead, and society's central paradigms sought to invert perceptions, making death seem better than life itself. This is the first full-length study of this phenomenon. It differs from previous histories of death in two significant ways: in its methodology, which seeks to interweave social history and intellectual/cultural history; and in its geographical and cultural setting (previous studies have focused on France, Italy, and England). As a history of mentalites focused on a subject of universal significance, From Madrid to Purgatory transcends its 'Spanishness' and its time period while being wholly attentive to them.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521529426
(228mm x 152mm x 33mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 25-Jul-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Carlos M. N. Eire
Reformations, Hardback (September 2016)
A lively, expansive history of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations and the momentous changes they set in motion
From Madrid to Purgatory, Hardback (June 1995)
The first full-length study of sixteenth-century Spanish attitudes towards death and the afterlife.
War Against the Idols, Paperback (January 1989)» View all books by Carlos M. N. Eire
Beginning with the revolt against what was seen as the idolatrous practices of the Catholic church in the 16th century, this book studies the development of Protestant iconoclastic theology and practice. It also shows why the Reformed ideology stood in conflict with Catholicism and Lutheranism.
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