Premio del Rey Recipients
The Premio del Rey was established in 1990 by a generous gift from Rev. Robert I. Burns, SJ. It is to be awarded biennially for the best book written on the medieval periods in Spain’s history and culture, 500–1516 CE.
2016 Premio del Rey
Núria Silleras-Fernández, Univ. of Colorado Boulder
Chariots of Ladies: Francesc Eiximenis and the Court Culture of Medieval and Early Modern Iberia (Cornell Univ. Press)
Silleras-Fernández’s book focuses on Francesc Eiximenis and demonstrates his importance for understanding medieval and early modern Iberian history. With methodological breadth and thematic depth, she addresses questions of textual transmission and gender, patronage and ruling authority, and the changing dynamics and mechanics of noble culture and society. She upends older notions of regional division by showing Eiximenis’s influence on noblewomen across the Iberian peninsula and beyond. In short, a sophisticated, well researched, elegantly argued work.