This is a fascinating collection of essays by different authors who, by means of careful examinations of texts, shed light on the nature, status, and practice of power in sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Spain. Two pieces, one dealing with Juan de Palafox y Mendoza and, especially, one focused on the writings of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, address Spain's relationships to the territories it had conquered in the New World. Three of the contributions (by Anne J. Cruz, Ignacio López Alemany, and Jason McCloskey, respectively) were first presented as lectures at a 2009 symposium organized in connection with the exhibition Sacred Spain: Art and Belief in the Spanish World at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, curated by Ronda Kasl. I mention the circumstance of this important exhibition as background and source because a striking characteristic of this compilation is that many of...

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