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Family, Memory, And The Sacralization Of Urban Space

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Widows used charitable patronage to ensure that both they and their families would enjoy eternal remembrance, not only in spiritual terms, but also in corporeal ones. Charity cleansed the soul, making the practice of extending benevolence to the poor upon one's physical demise a particularly efficacious way to help one by helping others at the very moment eternal life began. Blanca de la Cerda, the countess of Cifuentes, stood at the top of the socio-economic ladder, providing her more than ample opportunity to exercise the sort of charity ecclesiastics recommended for a person of her rank. Catalina de la Fuente could not compare with Blanca de la Cerda in her finances. Catalina took particular care when defining the disposition of tombs in the main chapel and placement of gravestones or other plaques in the body of the church.

Keywords: Blanca de la Cerda; Catalina de la Fuente; family



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