This multidisciplinary volume was inspired by the quincentenary of the death of Queen Isabel I of Castile, early modern Europe's first powerful queen regnant. Comprising work by distinguished art historians, musicologists, historians, and literary scholars from England, Spain, and the United States, it begins with a theoretical examination of medieval queenship itself that argues - against the grain of the volume - for its inseparability from kingship. Several essays examine the complex ways in which the Queen and her advisers shaped the music, literature, architecture, and painting of fifteenth-century Spain and how these in turn shaped the sovereign's power and persona. Others analyze influences on Isabel's reign from Aragon, Portugal, and northern Europe. A third group deals with issues of periodization, arguing from a variety of perspectives for the modernity of Isabelline culture. The evolving construction of Isabel's image from the mid-fifteenth to the late-twentieth century is also studied.BARBARA WEISSBERGER is Associate Professor Emerita of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Minnesota.OTHER CONTRIBUTORS:Rafael Dominguez Casas, Theresa Earenfight, Michael Gerli, Chiyo Ishikawa, Tess Knighton, Kenneth Kreitner, Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt, Nancy F. Marino, William D. Phillips, Jr., Emilio Ros-Fabregas, Ronald E. Surtz
Table of Contents
List of Contributors vii
Introduction: ``Questioning the Queen, Now and xi
Barbara F. Weissberger
Part 1. Influence: Aragon, Portugal, and
``Two Bodies, One Spirit: Isabel and 3 (16)
Fernando's Construction of Monarchical
``Isabel of Castile's Portuguese 19 (10)
Connections and the Opening of the
William D. Phillips, Jr.
``Isabel of Castile and Her Music Books: 29 (26)
Franco-Flemish Song in Fifteenth-Century
Part 2. Patronage: Reciprocal Relationships
``The Reciprocal Construction of Isabelline 55 (16)
Ronald E. Surtz
``Hernando de Talavera and Isabelline 71 (12)
``Melodies for Private Devotion at the 83 (25)
Court of Queen Isabel''
``The Queen at War: Shared Sovereignty and 108(15)
Gender in Representations of the Granada
Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt
Part 3: Period: From Medieval to Modern
``The Artistic Patronage of Isabel the 123(26)
Catholic: Medieval or Modern?''
Rafael Dominguez Casas
``Conflictive Subjectivity and the Politics 149(20)
of Truth and Justice in Carcel de Amor''
E. Michael Gerli
``Juan de Anchieta and the Rest of the 169(17)
``Inventing the Catholic Queen: Images of 186(15)
Isabel I in History and Fiction''
Nancy F. Marino
Works Cited 201(22)