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The Anxiety of Sameness In Early Modern Spain$
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Christina H. Lee

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781784991203

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784991203.001.0001

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Theorising and practising nobility

Theorising and practising nobility

(p.23) 1 Theorising and practising nobility
The Anxiety of Sameness In Early Modern Spain

Christina H. Lee

Manchester University Press

In “Chapter One,” she discusses the prevailing definition of hidalguía or nobility by birth. She focuses on treatises, accounts, and other documentary texts that show the established nobility’s resistance to socio-cultural similitude with plebeian trespassers. The examined texts assert the genealogical superiority of “natural” nobles—even if they themselves are not—and the indomitable desire of commoners to destroy their lineages.

Keywords:   Hidalguía, Social mobility, Ejecutoria, Lowborn, Social passing, Benito Peñalosa y Mondragón, Fernando de Mexía, Juan Benito Guardiola, Bernabé Moreno de Vargas, Alonso Téllez de Meneses

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