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Spanish Celebrations in Seventeenth-Century Naples

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Guarino, Gabriel (2006) Spanish Celebrations in Seventeenth-Century Naples. The Sixteenth-Century Journal , 37 (1). pp. 25-41. [Journal article]

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Abstract

Splendid public celebrations projected the grandeur of rulers' authority to the general public, which served to enhance ideas of cosmic order and transcendental hierarchy to uphold rulers' power, particularly in times of social unrest. Spanish Naples presents an ideal case study for an investigation of a festive culture flourishing in the midst of a conflictive society. This study explores the interaction of factors which defined the viceregal court's festive culture: Spanish foreign rule, the viceroys' relative political fragility, and the city's social imbalances. It will focus on celebrations promoted by the viceroys on special occasions related to the Spanish monarchy to assess both the role played by the Spanish administration while organizing a festive program and the response of local social groups to the call for celebration. It will then evaluate the degree of success of characteristically Spanish elements in Neapolitan festivities, exploring the transmission of Spanish tournaments and their reception among the local population.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of English and History
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute > History
ID Code:19921
Deposited By:Dr Gabriel Guarino
Deposited On:11 Sep 2011 17:07
Last Modified:11 Sep 2011 17:07

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