Saint and Nation

Santiago, Teresa of Avila, and Plural Identities in Early Modern Spain

By (author) Erin Kathleen Rowe

Paperback - £27.95

Publication date:

15 January 2016

Length of book:

280 pages


Penn State University Press

ISBN-13: 9780271037745

In early seventeenth-century Spain, the Castilian parliament voted to elevate the newly beatified Teresa of Avila to co-patron saint of Spain alongside the traditional patron, Santiago. Saint and Nation examines Spanish devotion to the cult of saints and the controversy over national patron sainthood to provide an original account of the diverse ways in which the early modern nation was expressed and experienced by monarch and town, center and periphery. By analyzing the dynamic interplay of local and extra-local, royal authority and nation, tradition and modernity, church and state, and masculine and feminine within the co-patronage debate, Erin Rowe reconstructs the sophisticated balance of plural identities that emerged in Castile during a central period of crisis and change in the Spanish world.

“This is a significant book that will change the way historians think about the intersection of politics, religion, and national identity in early modern Spain.”

—Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt, Cleveland State University