This article aims to illustrate the foundation of the Benedictine Monastery of Militello made by Giovanna of Austria, illegitimate daughter of don Juan de Austria, and her husband Francesco Branciforte, with the intention to analyze the impact of such construction on the territory and its population. The pursuit of the princes was to make of San Benedetto an economic centre, as well as the core of the community identity of Militello. For this reasons Giovanna chose to give to the Monastery the great family reliquary set and the wealthy library of the prince. This allows us to explore the role that the sacred played in the process of building an aristocratic identity.

Gli investimenti nobiliari nel sacro. Il caso di donna Giovanna d'Austria e del monastero benedettino di Militello (1604-1630).

Silvia D'Agata
2019

Abstract

This article aims to illustrate the foundation of the Benedictine Monastery of Militello made by Giovanna of Austria, illegitimate daughter of don Juan de Austria, and her husband Francesco Branciforte, with the intention to analyze the impact of such construction on the territory and its population. The pursuit of the princes was to make of San Benedetto an economic centre, as well as the core of the community identity of Militello. For this reasons Giovanna chose to give to the Monastery the great family reliquary set and the wealthy library of the prince. This allows us to explore the role that the sacred played in the process of building an aristocratic identity.
El presente artículo pretende ilustrar la fundación del monasterio Benedictino de Militello por Juana de Austria, hija ilegítima de don Juan de Austria, y su marido, Francesco Branciforte, con la intención de analizar el impacto de esta construcción en el territorio y su población. La intención de los príncipes era convertir San Benedetto en un centro económico y transformarlo en el núcleo de la identidad de la comunidad de Militello. Por estas razones, Juana decidió darle al monasterio el gran relicario de la familia y la rica biblioteca del príncipe. Esto nos permite explorar el papel que lo sacro jugaba en el proceso de construcción de una identidad aristocrática.
Aristocracy; Monastery; Identity; Relics; Holy; Aristocratic identity
Aristocracia; Monasterio; Identidad; Reliquias; Sacro; Identidad aristocrática.
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