Forgotten Franciscans: Works from an Inquisitional Theorist, a Heretic, and an Inquisitional Deputy

Overview

The Franciscans were the first missionaries to come to Mexico, and the Franciscans developed important and lucrative ties with the newly rich conquistador elite and the faction behind Cortés. The order quickly became the wealthiest, having the most dramatic missionary churches, owning prime real estate in Mexico-Tenochtitlan, and being de facto rulers of large indigenous communities. Forgotten Franciscans offers documents and written works by three Spanish Franciscans of the early modern period who, while well ...

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Overview

The Franciscans were the first missionaries to come to Mexico, and the Franciscans developed important and lucrative ties with the newly rich conquistador elite and the faction behind Cortés. The order quickly became the wealthiest, having the most dramatic missionary churches, owning prime real estate in Mexico-Tenochtitlan, and being de facto rulers of large indigenous communities. Forgotten Franciscans offers documents and written works by three Spanish Franciscans of the early modern period who, while well known by their contemporaries, have been largely forgotten by modern-day scholars. Alfonso de Castro, an inquisitional theorist, offers a defense of Indian education; Alonso Cabello, convicted of Erasmianism in Mexico City, discusses Christ’s humanity in a Nativity sermon; and Diego Muñoz, an inquisitional deputy, investigates witchcraft in Celaya. Together they offer new perspectives on the mythologies and realities of Franciscan thought in the New World.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271048727
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 6/10/2011
  • Series: Latin American Originals , #5
  • Pages: 104

Meet the Author

Martin Austin Nesvig is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Miami.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. The Inquisitional Theorist in Defense of Indian Education

Alfonso de Castro, “On Whether the Indians of the New World Should Be Instructed in Liberal Arts and Sacred Theology” (1543)

2. The Heretic on the Nativity of Jesus

Alonso Cabello, “Sermon on the Nativity of Our Lord” (Cholula, December [24?], 1577)

3. The Inquisitional Deputy on Witches

Diego Muñoz, “Witness Statements in Celaya About Witchcraft” (1614)

Bibliography

Index

Preface

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