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By Richard L. Kagan

ISBN-10: 0801892945

ISBN-13: 9780801892943

Monarchs during the a long time have commissioned reliable histories that forged their reigns in a good mild for destiny generations. those money owed, sanctioned and supported by means of the ruling govt, frequently gloss over the extra arguable points of a king's or queen's time at the throne. in its place, they current hugely selective and optimistic readings of a monarch's contribution to nationwide id and worldwide affairs. In Clio and the Crown, Richard L. Kagan examines the legit histories of Spanish monarchs from medieval occasions to the center of the 18th century. He expertly publications readers throughout the other forms of reliable histories commissioned: these whose fundamental concentration used to be the monarch; those who headquartered at the Spanish state as an entire; and people who celebrated Spain's conquest of the recent international. In doing so, Kagan additionally records the existence and paintings of person court docket chroniclers, examines alterations within the perform of professional background, and highlights the political machinations that encouraged the redaction of such histories. simply as global leaders this day depend on fast-talking press officials to provide an explanation for their occasionally questionable activities to the general public, so too did the kings and queens of medieval and early glossy Spain. Monarchs frequently went to nice lengths to exert entire keep watch over over the authentic heritage in their reign, bodily intimidating historians, destroying and seizing manuscripts and books, rewriting earlier histories, and proscribing heritage writing to approved individuals. nonetheless, the bigger perform of background writing as performed through nonroyalist historians, numerous students and writers, or even church historians supplied a corrective to reliable histories. Kagan concludes that regardless of its blemishes, the writing of reliable histories contributed, notwithstanding imperfectly, to the perform of historiography itself.

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