Authors: Rosa María Martínez de Codes y César Chaparro Gómez (coords.)

Year of Publication: 2020
Publisher: European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation
Collection: Entre dos mundos: América y Europa desde Extremadura
Number: 5
ISBN: 978-84-121898-0-3
Price: 12 EUR

La mujer en la Europa renacentista y en el Nuevo Mundo includes the texts of the speeches given during the summer course under the same title held at the Royal Monastery of Yuste from 17 to 19 July 2019. Rosa María Martínez de Codes, Professor of American History at the Complutense University of Madrid, and César Chaparro Gómez, Professor of Latin Philology at the University of Extremadura, were its directors.

The time of Emperor Charles V is addressed through an integrative approach, emphasising the co-responsibility role of women in the various political, legislative, social, cultural and religious spheres.

The role played by women in the Renaissance Europe of the 16th century and in the New World, as well as their contribution, often in the shadows, in political decision-making and in the good governance of the empire, is analysed. Some of the main objectives worth mentioning are: an analysis of the relations established between women living in the Spanish Hapsburg Court, the way in which they exercised political power and they presented their image, as well as the influence of a spirituality marked by reformist movements common to various religious orders.

The lack of visibility given to women in the indigenous sphere is studied, as is the study of the social model that is taken to the Americas and the intercultural process that is generated in the Indian space, in the creation of myths and cults, privileged communication vehicles in America to publicise the most powerful ideas of the time.

Lastly, unique topics are also dealt with, such as the role of women in the field of both literary and religious culture and special attention is payed to specific areas of marginality (prostitution) and heterodoxy (witchcraft) which women were relegated to.