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Seller: ancientgifts (4,777) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381885544219 Lucrecia’s Dreams: Politics and Prophecy in Sixteenth-Century Spain by Richard L. Kagan. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Softcover: 229 pages. Publisher: University of California Press; (1995). Branded by the Spanish Inquisition as an "evil dreamer," a "notorious mother of prophets," the teenager Lucrecia de León had hundreds of bleak but richly imaginative dreams of Spain's future that became the stuff of political controversy and scandal. Based upon surviving transcripts of her dreams and on the voluminous records of her trial before the Inquisition, “Lucrecia's Dreams” traces the complex personal and political ramifications of Lucrecia's prophetic career. This hitherto unexamined episode in Spanish history sheds new light on the history of women as well as on the history of dream interpretation. Charlatan or clairvoyant, sinner or saint, Lucrecia was transformed by her dreams into a cause celébre, the rebellious counterpart to that other extraordinary woman of Golden Age Spain, St. Theresa of Jesus. Her supporters viewed her as a divinely inspired seer who exposed the personal and political shortcomings of Philip II of Spain. In examining the relation of dreams and prophecy to politics, Richard Kagan pays particular attention to the activities of the street-corner prophets and female seers who formed the political underworld of sixteenth-century Spain. CONDITION: NEW. New (albeit slightly "shopworn") oversized softcover. University of California (1995) 292 pages. Unblemished except for mild shelfwear, principally in the form of very mild edge and corner shelfwear to the covers. Pages are clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread, though of course it's always likely that the book may have been flipped through while in the bookstore. This particular copy has an exccedingly faint crinkle at the bottom of the first 10 pages, where it looks like someone was holding the book between finger and thumb, flipping through it, and the top corner of page 9 is bent. However the book is otherwise clearly unread, there's no reading crease to the spine, and beyond those first 10 pages, no evidence of "trespassers". The condition of the book is entirely consistent with a new book from an open-shelf bookstore environment such as Barnes & Noble or B. Dalton (for example) wherein patrons are permitted to browse open stock, and so otherwise "new" books often show a little handling/shelf/browsing wear. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #1831c. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Lucrecia de Leon lived on the fringes of the 16th-century Spanish royal court. As a teenager, Lucrecia had hundreds of dreams about Spain's future that became the stuff of political controversy. This book is based upon surviving transcripts of her dreams and on the records of her Inquisition trial. The Author, Richard L. Kagan, is Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of “Students and Society in Early Modern Spain” and “Lawsuits and Litigants in Castile, 1500-1700” and the editor of “Spanish Cities of the Golden Age: The Views of Anton van den Wyngaerde”. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: With this fine book, Richard Kagan has added Lucrecia de Len to that select list of individuals, like Menocchio, Martin Guerre, Benedetta Carlini, and Giovanni and Lusanna, who have become part of historians' professional discourse as protagonists in microhistories. Kagan provides an opening into a Spanish cultural and political environment largely unexplored by historians. A pleasure to read. REVIEW: "Kagan's resurrection of the young woman Lucrecia whose political dreams gave voice to the otherwise silenced feelings of the many in church and court who opposed the imperialist policies of Philip II, gives important political context to the problem of how dissent, and specifically dissent expressed by women, found its way into public discourse. The prophetic career of Lucrecia is of particular interest as an example of the ways in which women could exercise indirect political influence in early modern times. REVIEW: An absorbing case study of the treatment of deviance in Habsburg, Spain, as well as an illuminating incursion into the dream dimension of the political problems that beset the last decade in the reign of Philip II. Kagan’s account provides new insights into the interaction between city and court in a rapidly expanding Madrid, into the proceedings of the Inquisition, and into contemporary marriage practices. READER REVIEW : REVIEW: Richard L. Kagan, the author of “Lucrecia’s Dreams”, uses his introduction to provide an outline of his book. His main point is to convince the reader that Lucrecia was not just a typical woman seer of her time and is worth looking into. He gives some information on Lucrecia that he later expands upon in the rest of his work. But primarily he focuses on other women seers and relates them to Lucrecia. Lucrecia was a woman who lived during the Spanish Inquisition under the rule of Philip II. She was tried by the Inquisition for her prophetic dreams that criticized the government, especially the king, and predicted the fall of Spain. It is noted in the introduction that women seers were common during this time period. The themes of these dreams were mostly religious but some, like Lucrecia’s, did include political themes. This is the first way in which Lucrecia differs from other “spiritual mothers” who avoided “secular politics.” Women who declared that they had prophetic dreams concerning politics, especially when they became a direct and serious threat to the government, were generally punished. Lucrecia, however, didn’t seem to condone her own dreaming, leaving the reader to wonder exactly why she would allow her dreams to be transcribed and thus open herself up for governmental punishment. Most “spiritual mothers” lived very religious lives. This is not so for Lucrecia who, while in prison, had a child out of wedlock. Kagan points out that Lucrecia never claimed that her dreams were celestial nor did she claim to have any other “miraculous spiritual experience”. Thus, he deduces that Lucrecia does not fit into a category with the “spiritual mothers” and other “holy women”. Kagan attempts to associate Lucrecia with the street prophets of the day but in the end he decides that she does not fit well into this category either. Kagan concludes the introduction by asking the reader the questions: “How, then, we must ask, did this young woman embark on such an unprecedented and politically dangerous career? And why did she do so?” He proves his point well that Lucrecia is an unusual character of her time and that she is worthy of investigation. The book is well written. Kagan provides many examples to prove his point which provide the reader with information that is both relative to the work and interesting historical material on its own merits. Kagan also provides an insightful look into the lives of early women prophets. In doing so, he provides a base for which readers, even those who are not interested in Lucrecia, can build from. Readers are given a helpful start in researching other topics or persons involved in the area of female seers. 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