Feminist historians of Spain and their close collaborators around the world have orchestrated a remarkable contribution to women’s history. Part of a truly massive four-volume project ranging in coverage from the ancient world to the present day, volume 2 of Historia de las mujeres en España y América Latina treats the early modern period. It is encyclopedic in its scope yet avoids the pitfalls of actually becoming an encyclopedia by having its many contributors offer some of their latest research rather than summaries of the states of their fields. Immersed in its pages, the reader wanders the byways, both literal and figurative, of early modern Spain. There are contributions on such subjects as the prescriptive literature for women, Mediterranean marianismo, female mysticism, women’s autobiographies, female literacy, family economies, peasant economies, conflict in love and marriage, stages of life, marginalized women, queens, aristocrats,...

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