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La Conquistadora: The Virgin Mary at War and Peace in the Old and New Worlds

Amy G. Remensnyder


This book brings together medieval Iberia, colonial Mexico, and colonial New Mexico through the largely unexplored history of the Virgin Mary as a figure of warfare and cross-cultural encounter. Beginning around 1000, Mary was drawn into warfare between Muslims and Christians in Iberia, emerging as an icon of the so-called Christian reconquest, which ended in 1492. In the process, rulers of Castile and Aragon developed a Marian sense of monarchy and Mary helped define the manliness of Christian men of war. In the religiously–mixed polities of high medieval Castile and Aragon, Mary became a key ... More

Keywords: Virgin Mary, medieval Iberia, colonial Mexico, colonial New Mexico, cross-cultural encounter, warfare, reconquest, conversion, Muslims, Jews

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199892983
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892983.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amy G. Remensnyder, author
Brown University