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Table Of Contents

List of Illustrations
Act One: Fall and Redemption (711-1492)
1. Setting the Stage
Of Women, Kings, and Nation
Origins of a National Myth
2. Granada Is the Bride
Using History to Shape a National Past
La Cava and the King... and Pelayo and His Sister
"She Came to Him in His Prison Cell"
The Jewess of Toledo and Rising Anti-Semitism
3. Blood Will Out
The Return of the Goths
Corral Casts Spain's Founding Myth
Training Isabel, the Princess of Asturias
Isabel, the Warrior Queen
Bad Women and Good in the Late Fifteenth Century
The Inquisition and the Holy Child of La Guardia
The Fallen and the Promise
Act Two: Promise and Fulfillment (1492-1700)
4. Desiring the Nation
The Influence of Pedro de Corral's Chronicle of King Rodrigo in the Sixteenth Century
The Woman's Body and the Fate of the Nation
The Loss of Spain in the Oral Ballad Tradition
Philip II's Chronicler, Ambrosio de Morales, and the Development of the Heroic Pelayo
Philip II and the Power of Prophecy
5. Here Was Troy, Farewell Spain!
A Tale of Tales
Miguel de Luna and Spain's Prophetic History
Father Juan de Mariana and Early Modern Nationalism
Spain's Second Helen
Lope de Vega and the Stage of King and Nation
The Legend of the Fall of Spain after the Expulsion
Either Rise or Fall
Act Three: Imagining Spain (The Enlightenment to the Present)
6. Ancestral Ghosts and New Beginnings
The Challenge of Foundational Myths in the Age of Enlightenment
Fallen Women Take the Stage
Orientalism, Romanticism, and Visigothic Spain
The Search for Spanish National Identity in Medieval Spain
Pelayo, the Role of Women, and Contemporary Spain
The Founding Myth and the New Millennium
Epilogue: Cultural Dialogues