By Teofilo F. Ruiz

A King Travels examines the scripting and function of fairs in Spain among 1327 and 1620, providing an extraordinary examine the differing kinds of fairs that have been held in Iberia in this an important interval of eu historical past. 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 energy and rite, and supplying a colourful portrait of Spain's cultural and political life.

Ruiz covers various competition different types: carnival, royal entries, tournaments, calendrical and noncalendrical celebrations, automobiles de fe, and Corpus Christi processions. He probes the ritual meanings of those occasions, paying specified realization to using colours and logos, and to the ability family members 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 used to be articulated in past due medieval and early sleek Spain. but Ruiz contends that those gala's, whereas they sought to buttress authority and teach diversified social orders approximately hierarchies of strength, additionally served as websites of contestation, discussion, and resistance.

A King Travels sheds new mild on Iberian festive traditions and their precise position within the centralizing country in early smooth Castile.

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