Ambrogio Spinola between Genoa, Flanders, and Spain

Edited by Silvia Mostaccio, Bernardo J. García García, and Luca Lo Basso

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Interdisciplinary study of Spinola’s turbulent life

Many of the most significant studies devoted to Ambrogio Spinola have focused on one particular aspect of his life: his successful military career. This volume, through its interdisciplinary and cultural approach, breaks open this all too narrow perspective and expands our understanding of Spinola and his world. As a great military strategist and Catholic knight, entrepreneur in the international finance market, courtier and diplomat, Spinola was certainly a Genoese, but he was also a member of the transnational Iberian elite, to which he linked his fate and that of his children. His life's journey between Italy, Flanders and Spain, and the reinterpretations of his life by his contemporaries in art, literature and the press, give us the opportunity to reflect on the multiple identities and the physical and mental wanderings of many Europeans of the Early Modern Age. Ambrogio Spinola offers an example of humanity that is impossible to capture in a single reading and is much more contemporary than we can imagine.

Ambrogio Spinola between Genoa, Flanders, and Spain allows the reader to better understand not only his military activities, but also (and above all) the family, social and political foundations of his successful career, as well as the various forms of art and communication (literature, architecture, paintings, sculptures, engravings, newspapers, etc.), which were used to celebrate him both during his life and beyond.

Contributors: Blythe Alice Raviola (University of Milan), Emiliano Beri (University of Genoa), Alicia Esteban Estríngana (University of Alcala), Dries Raeymaekers (Radboud University), Davide Maffi (University of Pavia), Nina Lamal (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences), Paul Arblaster (Saint-Louis University Brussels), Enrico Zucchi (University of Padua), Laura Stagno (University of Genoa)

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Format: Edited volume - ebook

400 pages

Illustrated b/w & f/c

ISBN: 9789461664723

Publication: October 03, 2022

Series: Avisos de Flandes 20

Languages: English: United States

Bernardo J. García García is professor of Early Modern History at the Faculty of Geography and History in Complutense University of Madrid, and coordinates the research activities of the Charles of Antwerp Foundation in Madrid.
Luca Lo Basso is professor of history at the Department of Political and International Sciences in the University of Genoa, and Director of the Laboratory of Maritime and Naval History in Genoa.
Silvia Mostaccio is professor of Early Modern History at the Faculty of Philosophy, Arts and Letters in UCLouvain.
This volume will undoubtedly be an obligatory reference for anyone who wants to study Spinola in depth or wants to understand the mechanisms that operated in the service to the Hispanic monarchy and in the cursus honorum of some of the most prestigious Genoese houses of the Republic. The enormous collection of sources on which the various chapters are based, including manuscripts, printed texts, architectural testimonies and artistic objects, among others, from Spanish, Flemish, Dutch and Italian libraries, collections and archives, allow us to delineate points of view on the life of Spinola which, until now, had remained obscured.
Yasmina Ben Yessef Garfia, Universidad Federico II (Nápoles)