Death in Fifteenth-Century Castile (Hardback)
Ideologies of the Elites
Death was very popular in the 15th century, in literary circles, the visual arts and in the Church. This study of death in 15th-century Castile draws on evidence from literature and other written documents to explore attitudes towards death, the afterlife and the bereaved in a strictly hierarchial society. Laura Vivanco reveals two coherent and sometimes conflicting ideologies co-existing among two elite groups, the oradores and defensores . She discusses in detail the main features of these belief systems with regard to the process of dying, the journey and ultimate destination of the soul, the importance of leading a good and noble life, honouring your descendents and whether prayer and the role of the bereaved could change the outcome of the afterlife. Many Spanish extracts are not translated.