THE THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL VIRTUES IN FRANCISCO DE CASTILLA’S TEÓRICA DE VIRTUDES (1518) AND PRÁCTICA DE LAS VIRTUDES (1518) Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
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  • Huamán, Ricardo
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Romance Studies
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  • This dissertation is on the life of Francisco de Castilla (c. 1480-c. 1558) and the two works he wrote around the time of Charles I and V of the Holy Roman Empire’s (1500-1558) arrival to Spain in 1517. Castilla’s life has been of interest because of his family’s support of the existence of an unknown Crónica verdadera (c. 1400) on the life of Pedro I (1334-1369) and their connection to the Relación de la vida del Rey D. Pedro y su descendencia que es el linaje de los Castilla, probably written in the sixteenth century. The association between Castilla’s life and probable authorship is further explored here with an added focus on separating facts about him from those of his similarly-named nephew. Teórica de virtudes (1518) and Práctica de las virtudes (1518), the two books written by Castilla, were published several times throughout the sixteenth century and again at the time of the Council of Trent (1545-1563), the beginning of the Counter-Reformation. The majority of the existing scholarship on Castilla’s works has focused on his use of the Latinized motto of Charles V, “Plus Ultra,” examining the relationship of Práctica de las virtudes to Pedro I and deciding whether or not Práctica belongs to the genre of historiography in verse. This study concentrates on Castilla’s understanding of the theological and cardinal virtues, their provenance, their effect on his poetic narratives and their practical applications on Charles V’s reign. It ends with an annotated edition of Castilla’s works from 1518.
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  • Hsu, Carmen
  • Lindquist, Josefa
  • Perelmuter, Rosa
  • Dominguez, Frank
  • Binotti, Lucia
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  • Doctor of Philosophy
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2016
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