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Court and convent: The Infanta Isabella and her Franciscan confessor Andrés de Soto

van Wyhe, C. (2004) Court and convent: The Infanta Isabella and her Franciscan confessor Andrés de Soto. The Sixteenth Century Journal, 35 (2). pp. 411-445. ISSN 0361-0160

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Abstract

The historiography of early modern Netherlands is notably silent about one of the major figures involved in the Catholic Reformation in the region: Andrés de Soto, Franciscan confessor of Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia, cosovereign of the Habsburg Netherlands. Between 1599 and 1625, Soto participated in many activities pertaining to the spiritual counseling of his princely penitent and her religiously inclined ladies-in-waiting, who often entered one of the female convents under their mistress's patronage. This article examines Soto's conspicuous displays of spiritual guidance in relation to his female penitents; it also discusses the contribution of these displays to the promotion of the Brussels court as a quasi-monastic institution; an ideal, yet problematic, image articulating the archduke's claim to divinely appointed sovereignty. The infanta and Soto enacted their relationship to each other and to the court ladies in a familial fashion. This familial symbolism was manipulated and even enhanced in response to various political crises during the infanta's regency and after Soto's death.

Item Type: Article
Academic Units: The University of York > History of Art (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 20 May 2009 14:04
Last Modified: 20 May 2009 14:04
Status: Published
Publisher: The Sixteenth Century Journal Publishers, Inc.
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7717

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