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Building Colonial Cities of GodMendicant Orders and Urban Culture in New Spain$
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Karen Melvin

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804774864

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804774864.001.0001

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Loving Complaints

Loving Complaints

Orders and the Making of Urban Culture

(p.232) Chapter Five Loving Complaints
Building Colonial Cities of God
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This chapter examines the influence of the mendicant orders in shaping the urban culture in Toluca. It discusses how the mendicant institutes looked like in a local context and describes the implementation of their institutes based on community traditions, the position of diocesan clergy, and personalities of local figures. This chapter also argues that the combination of orders and their saints, pious practices, and ritual calendars helped define local religion and distinguished one city's urban culture from another's. It also highlights the prominent roles of the Franciscans and Carmelites in interorder rivalries.

Keywords:   mendicant orders, urban culture, Toluca, mendicant institutes, local religion, Franciscans, Carmelites, interorder rivalries

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