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Building Colonial Cities of God – Mendicant Orders and Urban Culture in New Spain - Stanford Scholarship Online
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Building Colonial Cities of God: Mendicant Orders and Urban Culture in New Spain

Karen Melvin


This book tracks New Spain's mendicant orders past their so-called golden age of missions into the ensuing centuries and demonstrates that they had equally crucial roles in what the book terms the “spiritual consolidation” of cities. Beginning in the late sixteenth century, cities became home to the majority of friars and to the orders' wealthiest houses, and mendicants became deeply embedded in urban social and cultural life. Friars ministered to urban residents of all races and social standings and engaged in traditional mendicant activities, serving as preachers, confessors, spiritual direc ... More

Keywords: mendicant orders, New Spain, friars, cities, urban culture, beliefs, Catholicism, baroque piety, missions, preachers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780804774864
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804774864.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karen Melvin, author

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