Programme: Histories, 19 January 2021, 5pm on Zoom

Fray Bernardino de Sahagún, ‘General History of the Things of New Spain’: The Florentine Codex, 1577, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana

The next meeting of the Maius Workshop will take place online on 19 January 2021, 5pm. Please register at this link:

This session will feature two presentations, focused on the functions and constructions of history in the wake of the conquest of Granada:

Bert Carlstrom, ‘Appropriating an Old Testament Past in Justifying Crusade’
This presentation questions the absence of common crusading motifs in Hernando de Talavera’s liturgical celebration of the conquest of Granada in 1492. Absent motifs include Santiago, the Virgin as ‘la conquistadora’, the longed-for conquest of Jerusalem, and the prophecy of the ‘world emperor’. Thirty years ago, Peggy Liss noted that Talavera’s liturgy was out of step with other royal propagandists, this presentation asks ‘why’?

Teresa Tinsley, ‘Histories in heraldry. Memorialising the capture of the Rey Chico de Granada’
This presentation discusses representations of Boabdil (or Abu Abdallah Muhammad XII, the last Nasrid king of Granada) in the heraldry of Andalusian nobles commemorating his capture in 1483. In these representations the king is traditionally depicted with a chain around his neck. Various towns which still use this image as a civic symbol have recently removed the chain which is seen as colonialist and degrading. 

Maius is a friendly platform for informal dialogue and collaborative research. Our sessions are open to all, and research in early stages of development is especially welcome.

If you would like to present your work-in-progress at this event, please email maiusworkshop@gmail.comYou can also email us to suggest topics and ideas for future events.

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