Inquisición, poder y escritura femenina en tiempos del conde-duque de Olivares (1621-1643): el caso de Teresa Valle de la Cerda
Muñoz Pérez, Laura S. (2013) Inquisición, poder y escritura femenina en tiempos del conde-duque de Olivares (1621-1643): el caso de Teresa Valle de la Cerda. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
This thesis examines the importance of women in political and cultural life at the Spanish court through the case of Teresa Valle, spiritual counsellor of Olivares, the favourite of King Philip IV (1621–1643). Scholars have assumed that women in Golden Age Spain played only a minor role in high Baroque politics and culture; my research demonstrates this to be a partial and insufficient view. Through an analysis of diverse primary sources such as letters, literary writings, and Inquisition records I show how relations between noblemen and religious women formed a key aspect of Baroque patronage and exchange, forming an essential tool of publicity and power for the former, and a way of access to the literary domain for the latter.
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