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Lucrecias Dreams: Politics and Prophecy in Sixteenth-Century Spain Richard L Kagan

Lucrecias Dreams: Politics and Prophecy in Sixteenth-Century Spain

Richard L Kagan

Published May 23rd 1990
ISBN : 9780520916593
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229 pages
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Branded by the Spanish Inquisition as an evil dreamer, a notorious mother of prophets, the teenager Lucrecia de Leon had hundreds of bleak but richly imaginative dreams of Spains future that became the stuff of political controversy and scandal.MoreBranded by the Spanish Inquisition as an evil dreamer, a notorious mother of prophets, the teenager Lucrecia de Leon had hundreds of bleak but richly imaginative dreams of Spains future that became the stuff of political controversy and scandal. Based upon surviving transcripts of her dreams and on the voluminous records of her trial before the Inquisition, Lucrecias Dreams traces the complex personal and political ramifications of Lucrecias prophetic career. This hitherto unexamined episode in Spanish history sheds new light on the history of women as well as on the history of dream interpretation.Charlatan or clairvoyant, sinner or saint, Lucrecia was transformed by her dreams into a cause celebre, the rebellious counterpart to that other extraordinary woman of Golden Age Spain, St. Theresa of Jesus. Her supporters viewed her as a divinely inspired seer who exposed the personal and political shortcomings of Philip II of Spain. In examining the relation of dreams and prophecy to politics, Richard Kagan pays particular attention to the activities of the streetcorner prophets and female seers who formed the political underworld of sixteenth-century Spain.