Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Book of Honors for Empress Maria of Austria. Composed by the College of the Society of Jesus of Madrid on the Occasion of Her Death, 1603

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Book of Honors for Empress Maria of Austria. Composed by the College of the Society of Jesus of Madrid on the Occasion of Her Death, 1603

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Book of Honors for Empress Maria of Austria. Composed by the College of the Society of Jesus of Madrid on the Occasion of Her Death, 1603. A Translation with an Introductory Study and Facsimile of the Emblems Prepared by Antonio Bernât Vistarmi, John T Cull, and Tamas Sajó. [Early Modern Catholicism and the Visual Arts Series, Vol. 5.] (Philadelphia: Saint Joseph's University Press. 201 1. Pp. vi, 280. $65.00. ISBN 978-0-916101-732.)

This translation and study of the book describing the funeral honors for Maria of Austria (sister of Philip H) is a welcome addition to the scholarly literature on funeral honors of Hapsburg Spain. Published by the Jesuit College in Madrid in 1603 on the occasion of the exequies it held for the recently departed dowager empress, the funeral book included a description of the church decoration, funeral oration, sermon, hieroglyphs (emblems), and numerous poems. This study is organized into four sections: an introductory essay (which includes a summary table of the hieroglyphs), a translation of the entire text, an index to the hieroglyphs, and facsimiles of the title page and hieroglyph pages. The summary table is particularly interesting, because the authors provide not only clear descriptions of the hieroglyph imagery but also sources for their Latin mottos. …

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