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        Many exciting things were happening in Spain during the Enlightenment. Philip V, of the Bourbon family in France, had inherited the throne from his grand-uncle, Charles II.  Philip united France and Spain and spread Enlightenment ideas throughout the country.  However, the impact of Enlightenment ideals was limited because of fierce Catholicism and nationalism in Spain.  At the same time, the Golden Age or Siglo de Oro occurred in the world of Spanish literature.  Before the Golden Age, there were hardly any significant Spanish writers.  The works from the Golden Age are considered to be the Spain's best literature.  These works included Don Quixote by Miguel de Servantes Saavedra and the Poetica by Ignacio de Luzan.

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