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Family and community in early modern Spain [electronic resource] : the citizens of Granada, 1570-1739 /
James Casey.
imprint
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
description
viii, 314 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521855896 (hbk.), 9780521855891 (hbk.)
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imprint
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
isbn
0521855896 (hbk.)
9780521855891 (hbk.)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8362731
 
Genealogical tables: p. 295-304.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 305-309) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2007-07-01:
Casey (Univ. of East Anglia), an authority on both the history of the family and Spanish history, has presented a superb case study of the city fathers of Granada during the early modern period. In a series of well written and detailed chapters, he examines the social background, wealth, family networks, marriage alliances, inheritance, family divisions, demography, religion, and charity of the 24, later 60, city councilors of this "frontier" town of about 50,000, dominated by Old Christian immigrant commoners after the fall of the Kingdom of Granada in 1492. Casey traces these "good commonwealth men" from trade to landed estates and the acquisition of nobility. The author's overall theme, however, is the transition from old regime corporate society based upon honor and lineage to the beginnings of the individualism connected to the rise of the state power and the money economy. His nuanced discussion of the relationship between local authorities and Spanish absolutism and Counter-Reformation Catholicism is remarkable. His sources include a masterful survey of archival holdings, Spanish secondary sources, and the literature of the time. Genealogical charts of the key patrician families are included. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All academic libraries. D. C. Baxter Ohio University
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"Casey's careful research advances our knowledge of family and urban life in early modern Spain, offering a significant contribution to a rich and growing field of inquiry." -Jodi Bilinkoff, American Historical Review
"Perhaps what is most rewarding about this book is precisely the balance between the local and the global. Interested in a single community (Granada) and analyzing its social history closely, Casey nevertheless engages in 'big questions'. His vision is comparativist, and his ambition wide." -Tamar Herzog, Journal of Modern History
"The richness of Casey's research places this book at the forefront of other recent publication on early modern Granada."
"The richness of Casey's research places this book at the forefront of other recent publication on early modern Granada." Richard L. Kagan, Renaissance Quarterly
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James Casey offers an innovative study of prestige, power and the role of the family in a Mediterranean city during the early modern period. He focuses on the structure and values of the ruling class of Granada, where a new elite consolidated its authority. The study suggests that their power was linked to the pursuit of honour, which demanded participation in the politics of the commonwealth and depended greatly on the network of personal relations which they were able to build with kinsmen, clients and patrons. It explores the way in which this system contributed to the relative tranquillity of the community during a turbulent time of religious and political change, that of the rise of absolutism and of the Counter Reformation. The book sheds fresh light on the nature of the early modern family and will be essential reading for historians of early modern Spain and Europe.
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James Casey offers an innovative study of prestige, power and the family in a Mediterranean city during the early modern period. He focuses on the structure and values of the ruling class of the frontier city of Granada and explores the enduring importance of ties of kinship, friendship and neighbourhood.
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James Casey offers an innovative study of prestige, power and the role of family in a Mediterranean city during the early modern period. He focuses on the structure of the ruling class in Granada, where a new elite consolidated its authority.
Table of Contents
List of maps and tablesp. vi
Acknowledgementsp. vii
List of abbreviationsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Knights and citizensp. 8
Nobles of the doubloonp. 31
Lords of Granadap. 54
The web of inheritancep. 79
The network of marriagep. 99
Blood weddingp. 121
Cradle of the citizenp. 145
The shadow of the ancestorsp. 170
The spirit of the clanp. 196
The law of honourp. 218
Good Commonwealth menp. 242
Defenders of the Fatherlandp. 266
Conclusionp. 287
Genealogical tablesp. 295
Bibliographyp. 305
Indexp. 310
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