The Importance Of The Spanish Renaissance

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Not a lot went on during the Spanish Renaissance but if something happened it would probably would have had something to do with theater. The Spanish Renaissance was also known as the golden-age or in other words a time of great happiness. Spanish Renaissance is defined by very few historical events, theater, and the play La Vida Es Sueño. During the Spanish Renaissance “Madrid was a relatively sleepy, provincial town perched high on a central plain of Spain in 1561” (“Renaissance”). In 1561 Madrid became the center of the royal government (“Renaissance”). After Madrid became the center of government it also became the home of the most vigorous theater life by 1600 (“theater”). Spain was slowly improving piece by piece. Although it was improving slowly modern Spain was still in the process of being created in the 16th century (“Renaissance”). The late 16th and early 17th centuries was one of the great times for the arts and literatures of the country (“Theater”). The 17th century was known as the golden-age in Spain (“Renaissance”). Unlike many other parts of Europe religious dramas were a vital part of the 16th and 17th centuries along with Italy’s influence on Spain because of close ties in trade, culture, and language (“Theater”). While in the 15th century Castile and Aragon were joined together by the marriage of Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile, Spain was ruled by two separate kingdoms for much of the 16th century. Each kingdom had their own set of customs, civic liberties, and law codes (“Renaissance”). In Spain Theater was a big part of the social life. For the most part the theater design resembled that of Elizabethan theater (Brockett 200). The stage was built with many trap doors and a roof tha... ... middle of paper ... ... (Edwards). In the next seen Segismundo is awakened in the palace, and plans to take revenge in the discovery of his new power (Edwards). He planned to get revenge on those who had wronged him (Edwards). In act III he is released by soldiers supporting his claims to the throne (Edwards). Calderón’s language in this play along with in other plays is very operatic and highly stylized (Edwards). Pedro Calderón de la Barca succeeded Lope de Vega as the greatest Spanish playwright of the Golden-Age and became the master of the Spanish stage upon Lope de Vegas death. There is a lot more to the Spanish renaissance than the very few historical events, theater, and the play La Vida Es Sueño as you can see. Those few things are just the main points. Now that you have got the idea of what the Spanish Renaissance is feel free to explore more on your own, I know I would!

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