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Silent MusicMedieval Song and the Construction of History in Eighteenth-Century Spain$
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Susan Boynton

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199754595

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754595.001.0001

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Burriel and the Practice of History in the Spanish Enlightenment

Burriel and the Practice of History in the Spanish Enlightenment

(p.21) 1 Burriel and the Practice of History in the Spanish Enlightenment
Silent Music

Susan Boynton

Oxford University Press

This chapter situates Burriel in the context of Spanish Enlightenment historiography. Specifically, it focuses on the state-supported practice of church history, which took on an increasingly political and nationalist tone in the wake of debates about the falsos cronicones and the tradiciones jacobeas. Although many in Spain aspired to a modern method of history writing, this remained an ideal because of the political dangers of debunking prized national myths. Mayans, who practiced modern historical criticism, failed to obtain government support, while Feijoo and Flórez, who were more conservative, flourished under royal patronage. Sarmiento, typically for the time, aligned the Visigoths with the Spanish Bourbons in his program of decoration for the Royal Palace in Madrid. The chapter concludes with a presentation of Burriel’s vision for the cultural renewal of Spain (the “Apuntamientos”), and of his treatise on Spanish paleography, which dwells upon the history of Toledo and its liturgy.

Keywords:   Bourbons, Burriel, Enlightenment, falsos cronicones, Feijoo, Flórez, Mayans, paleography, Sarmiento, Toledo, tradiciones jacobeas, Visigoths

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