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(Death and Money in the Afternoon: A History of the Spanish Bullfight.pdf) Bullfighting has long been perceived as an antiquated barbarous legacy from Spain s medieval past In fact many of that country s best poets philosophers and intellectuals have accepted the em corrida em as the embodiment of Spain s rejection of the modern world In his brilliant new interpretation of bullfighting Adrian Shubert maintains that this view is both the product of myth and a complete misunderstanding of the real roots of the contemporary bullfight br While references to a form of bullfighting date back to the Poem of the Cid the modern bullfight did not emerge until the early th century And when it did emerge it was far from being an archaic remnant of the past it was a precursor of the th century mass leisure industry Indeed before today s multimillion dollar athletes with wide spread commercial appeal there was Francisco Romero born in whose unique form of bullfighting netted him unprecedented fame and wealth and Manuel Rodriguez Manolete hailed as Spain s greatest matador by the em New York Times em after a fatal goring in The bullfight was replete with promoters agents journalists and of course hugely paid bullfighters who were exploited to promote wine cigarettes and other products Shubert analyzes the business of the sport and explores the bullfighters world their social and geographic origins careers and social status Here also are surprising revelations about the sport such as the presence of women bullfighters and the larger gender issues that this provoked From the political use of bullfighting in royal and imperial pageants to the nationalistic great patriotic bullfights of the late th and early th centuries this is both a fascinating portrait of bullfighting and a vivid recreation of two centuries of Spanish history br Based on extensive research and engagingly written em Death and Money in the Afternoon em vividly examines the evolution of Spanish culture and society through the prism of one of the West s first and perhaps its most spectacular spectator sports brDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming Death and Money in the Afternoon: A History of the Spanish Bullfight books for multiple devices.