On Friday 27th April Bootham is hosting the York Branch Historical Association lecture. We welcome Annabel Rowntree from Oxford University to come and talk to us on “Politics and prestige: presenting power in Habsburg Spain”

Under the early Habsburgs, Spain became the most powerful kingdom in Christendom, with an empire that surpassed even that of Rome, and over which the sun never set. But what happens when things start to go wrong? This talk will look at how Castilians presented their kings and the power they wielded throughout the age of decline at the turn of the seventeenth century. How can we see the imperial and political crisis reflected in contemporary art and literature, and what can study of this cultural output tell us about concepts of Spanish power and decline?

Annabel is a PhD candidate and lecturer at the University of Oxford, where she is acting Director of Studies for Spanish at St Anne’s College.  This is therefore a great opportunity for anyone interested in History, History of Art or Spanish culture to come and explore this fascinating topic.

The talk is at 7pm in the Hall on 27th April – all are welcome and there is no need to book.