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James Casey offers an innovative study of prestige, power and the role of the family in a Mediterranean city during the early modern period. He focuses on the structure and values of the ruling class of Granada, where a new elite consolidated its authority. The study suggests that their power was linked to the pursuit of honour, which demanded participation in the politics of the commonwealth and depended greatly on the network of personal relations which they were able to build with kinsmen, clients and patrons. It explores the way in which this system contributed to the relative tranquillity of the community during a turbulent time of religious and political change, that of the rise of absolutism and of the Counter Reformation. The book sheds fresh light on the nature of the early modern family and will be essential reading for historians of early modern Spain and Europe.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Knights and citizens; 2. Nobles of the doubloon; 3. Lords of Granada; 4. The web of inheritance; 5. The network of marriage; 6. Blood wedding; 7. Home of the citizen; 8. The shadow of the ancestors; 9. The spirit of the clan; 10. The law of honour; 11. Good commonwealth men; 12. Defenders of the fatherland; Conclusion; Genealogies; Bibliography.

About the Author

James Casey is Reader in History at the University of East Anglia. He is the author of The Family in History (1989) and Early Modern Spain: A Social History (1999).

Reviews

"The richness of Casey's research places this book at the forefront of other recent publication on early modern Granada." Richard L. Kagan, Renaissance Quarterly

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