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Possessing the Sacred: Monarchy and Identity in Philip II's Relic Collection at the Escorial
Renaissance Quarterly
  • Guy Lazure, University of Windsor
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2007
Disciplines
Abstract

Traditionally, Philip II’s massive relic collection preserved in the palace-monastery of the Escorial has been interpreted as a testimony to the Spanish king’s devotion to the cult of saints, and a proof of his support for the principles of the Tridentine Church. This essay explores some of Philip II’s more political and symbolic uses of relics, and studies their role in the construction of a monarchical, spiritual, and national identity in sixteenth-century Spain.

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This article was originally published in Renaissance Quarterly (http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1353/ren.2007.0076). Copyright University of Chicago Press.

Citation Information
Guy Lazure. "Possessing the Sacred: Monarchy and Identity in Philip II's Relic Collection at the Escorial" Renaissance Quarterly Vol. 60 Iss. 1 (2007) p. 58 - 93
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/guy-lazure/3/