“Intricate Alliances” is a phrase that calls attention to the inevitability of contrastive referencing by which the two imperial powers of early modern Europe–Spain and England–have all too often been regarded. This special issue explores in a more nuanced manner, and from a variety of methodological perspectives, cultural constructions and parallel concerns common to both empires as well as a number of inherent differences. Articles address the emergence of new historical, political, social, and aesthetic possibilities for these two imperial powers in both Old World and transatlantic contexts.

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