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El Pazo de Tovar: espacios, perspectivas, tiempos

El Pazo de Tovar: espacios, perspectivas, tiempos
El Pazo de Tovar: espacios, perspectivas, tiempos

Carlos Andrés González Paz (edicion)

Affiliation: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas. Instituto de Estudios Gallegos "Padre Sarmiento" (Santiago de Compostela, España)

Biography: Carlos Andrés González Paz. Licenciado con grado en Humanidades por la Universidad de Santiago de Compostela. Es especialista en Historia Medieval y del Renacimiento por la Universidade do Porto (Portugal, 2008). Actualmente se encuentra incorporado al IEGPS como Técnico Superior de Actividades Técnicas y Profesionales del CSIC. Temas de investigación. Sus líneas de investigación se centran en la organización socioeconómica del territorio, la historia religiosa -diocesana y monástica- de Galicia, la historia social de las mujeres y la sociología histórica de las peregrinaciones cristianas.

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Edition: Carlos Andrés González Paz

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Publication year: 2012

Language: Spanish

Subjects: History and Historiography

Collection: Monografías de Cuadernos de Estudios Gallegos


The "culture of the pazos" in Galicia was described a few decades ago as a modern phenomenon inherent to the petty nobility of Galicia, harmoniously integrated with the structures, dynamics and socio-economic processes of their time and place. This viewpoint extolling the pazos led inevitably to the logical conclusion that "the depopulation of the pazos has been a real loss to the intellectual, social and economic life of Galicia". This brighter view - which many current researchers increasingly stress- inevitably contrasts with the dark stereotype begun by Emilia Pardo Bazan at the end of the nineteenth century in Los Pazos de Ulloa, a novel packed with tenebrous people and buildings belonging to a "country of wolves", where the more illuminated personalities were inevitably devoured by the darkness of a cobwebbed world which damaged, impoverished and dulled the wits of its inhabitants. A good example is the Pazo de Tovar, in Lourenzá (Lugo). This uniquely structured medieval house cum fortress was successively linked to the Benedictine monastery of San Salvador de Lourenzá, to the lineage Ponce de Leon, the Aguiar lineage, to the family of the Marshal Pedro Pardo of Cela, Antonio Tovar (a nobleman in the court of Charles IV) to the Marquises of Villasante¿ This past trajectory, of true splendour in certain stages, did not prevent its suffering a double blow. It had to face, firstly, the many ills of its stones that threatened its very conservation and, secondly, the pressure of its historical development, marked by the general and family history of the people who lived in it. This turned it into a genuine microcosm, as all large peasant houses were until recently, but also, because of its noble characteristics, which set it apart from ordinary peasant houses, in an epitome of Spain¿s medieval and modern history.

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Physical Description : 184 p. : il ; 24 cm

ISBN: 978-84-00-09083-8

eISBN: 978-84-00-09581-9

Publication: Santiago de Compostela : Consejo Superior de Investigacions Científicas, 2012

Reference CSIC: 12261

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