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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Ambrogio Spinola: The Threads of a Multiple Past 
Silvia Mostaccio, Bernardo J. García García, Luca Lo Basso

Part I
Ambrogio and the Spinola of San Luca: Gender and Family Strategies 

Around Ambrogio: The Family Network in Genoa, Milan, and Spain, and Giovanni Botero’s Eulogy 
Blythe Alice Raviola

Federico and Ambrogio Spinola between Mediterranean Corsairs, War in Flanders, and the Invasion of England 
Emiliano Beri

“Ingrandire la famiglia”: Ambrogio Spinola on Honour, War, and Money in his Flanders Correspondence with the Women of his Family
Silvia Mostaccio

Part II
Networks: War, Finance, Politics, and Diplomacy 

A Joab for King David: Ambrogio Spinola, General of Archduke Albert, and the Davidic Imaginary in the Time of Philip III (1598–1605) 97
Alicia Esteban Estríngana

“The Great Alcandre”: Ambrogio Spinola at Court 
Dries Raeymaekers

The Last Venture: Ambrogio Spinola as Governor of Milan (1629–30) 
Davide Maffi

To Lose One’s Honour: Ambrogio Spinola’s Return to Italy, the Casale Affair, and the End of “Pax Hispanica” (1627–30) 
Luca Lo Basso

Part III
Memory Construction and Appropriation of Ambrogio Spinola’s Images 

Spinola’s Fame in the News Press 
Nina Lamal, Paul Arblaster

Contesting the Spanish Myth: Republican Shaping of Ambrogio Spinola’s Image in Genoese Literature (1608–52)
Enrico Zucchi

Ambrogio Spinola in Genoese Art 
Laura Stagno

“Tempore et Loco”: Heroic Rhetoric of Spinola’s Fortune, from Military Entrepreneur to Spanish Grandee 
Bernardo J. García García


Format: Edited volume - ebook - PDF

384 pages

Illustrated b/w & f/c

ISBN: 9789461664723

Publication: September 21, 2022

Series: Avisos de Flandes 20

Languages: English: United States

Bernardo J. García García is professor of early modern history at the Complutense University of Madrid, and coordinates the research activities of the Charles of Antwerp Foundation in Madrid.
Luca Lo Basso is professor of early modern history and maritime history at 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 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, University Federico II (Naples)