Burriel and the Practice of History in the Spanish Enlightenment

Susan Boynton

in Silent Music

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199754595
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918850 | DOI:

Series: Currents in Latin American and Iberian Music

Burriel and the Practice of History in the Spanish Enlightenment

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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

Chapter.  13855 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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