Masters Theses

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts



Major Professor

Robert Bast

Committee Members

Thomas Burman, John Bohstedt


This thesis argues that scholars have ignored the Comunero rebellion’s importance as an instance of early modern revolution and that this uprising anticipates the revolutionary movements of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The Leyenda Negra or Black Legend is primarily responsible for this oversight, as Protestant Europe has portrayed Spain as anachronistic and reactionary since the reign of Phillip II. This depiction has skewed both the Spanish and the European historical representations of Spain and pushed Spain onto the periphery of European history. This thesis uses the Comunero rebellion to identify these historiographical problems and suggests a way of viewing and using this movement to advance our understanding of early modern history.

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