By Teofilo F. Ruiz
A King Travels examines the scripting and function of gala's in Spain among 1327 and 1620, delivering an unparalleled examine the differing kinds of fairs that have been held in Iberia in this the most important interval of ecu background. Bridging the space among the medieval and early glossy eras, Teofilo Ruiz specializes in the travels and festivities of Philip II, exploring the complicated courting among strength and rite, and supplying a colourful portrait of Spain's cultural and political life.
Ruiz covers various pageant different types: carnival, royal entries, tournaments, calendrical and noncalendrical celebrations, vehicles de fe, and Corpus Christi processions. He probes the ritual meanings of those occasions, paying certain realization to using colours and logos, and to the facility relatives articulated via those festive screens. Ruiz argues that the fluid and every now and then subversive personality of medieval gala's gave strategy to hugely formalized and hierarchical occasions reflecting a broader shift in how strength was once articulated in past due medieval and early glossy Spain. but Ruiz contends that those fairs, whereas they sought to buttress authority and teach various social orders approximately hierarchies of strength, additionally served as websites of contestation, discussion, and resistance.
A King Travels sheds new gentle on Iberian festive traditions and their distinct position within the centralizing kingdom in early sleek Castile.
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A King Travels: Festive Traditions in Late Medieval and Early Modern Spain by Teofilo F. Ruiz