Good Faith and Truthful Ignorance: A Case of Transatlantic Bigamy

Good Faith and Truthful Ignorance: A Case of Transatlantic Bigamy

by Alexandra Parma Cook, Noble David Cook
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822312220

ISBN-13: 9780822312222

Pub. Date: 12/04/1991

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Good Faith and Truthful Ignorance uncovers from history the fascinating and strange story of Spanish explorer Francisco Noguerol de Ulloa. in 1556, accompanied by his second wife, Francisco returned to his home in Spain after a profitable twenty-year sojourn in the new world of Peru. However, unlike most other rich conquistadores who returned to the

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Good Faith and Truthful Ignorance uncovers from history the fascinating and strange story of Spanish explorer Francisco Noguerol de Ulloa. in 1556, accompanied by his second wife, Francisco returned to his home in Spain after a profitable twenty-year sojourn in the new world of Peru. However, unlike most other rich conquistadores who returned to the land of their birth, Francisco was not allowed to settle into a life of leisure. Instead, he was charged with bigamy and illegal shipment of silver, was arrested and imprisoned. Francisco’s first wife (thought long dead) had filed suit in Spain against her renegade husband.
So begins the labyrinthine legal tale and engrossing drama of an explorer and his two wives, skillfully reconstructed through the expert and original archival research of Alexandra Parma Cook and Noble David Cook. Drawing on the remarkable records from the trial, the narrative of Francisco’s adventures provides a window into daily life in sixteenth-century Spain, as well as the mentalité and experience of conquest and settlement of the New World. Told from the point of view of the conquerors, Francisco’s story reveals not only the lives of the middle class and minor nobility but also much about those at the lower rungs of the social order and relations between the sexes.
In the tradition of Carlo Ginzberg’s The Cheese and the Worms and Natalie Zemon Davis’ The Return of Martin Guerre, Good Faith and Truthful Ignorance illuminates an historical period—the world of sixteenth-century Spain and Peru—through the wonderful and unusual story of one man and his two wives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822312222
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
12/04/1991
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
655,358
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations and Maps,
Preface,
Acknowledgments,
Prologue: Justice Be Fulfilled,
The Indies,
I She who Died,
II Hardship and Risk,
III Neither Rectitude Nor Tranquility,
IV The Healthiest in Peru,
V This City is Traitorous,
VI This is the Head,
VII Such Little Penitence,
VIII Kissed Her on the Cheek,
IX The Crown Jewel,
X They Would Kill Me,
XI Silver Common as Copper,
XII On the First Ship,
XIII I Promise You,
XIV Relieve My Conscience,
XV Used Force,
XVI Justice will Not Be Lost,
XVII She Should Receive,
XVIII No Case is So Expensive,
XIX In Truthful Ignorance,
The Trial,
XX He Should be Jailed,
XXI In Search of the Fugitive,
XXII I Have Presented Myself,
XXIII Are You Married?,
XXIV This Claim,
XXV Foul Odors and Vapors,
XXVI I Consent,
XXVII No Hope of Survival,
XXVIII Give Me the City,
XXIX A Wise Man,
XXX Shock and Great Sadness,
XXXI Never Forgive the Nuns,
XXXII He and She Knowing,
XXXIII Married Life Together,
XXXIV Compel and Force,
XXXV Leave the House,
XXXVI Contrary to the Truth,
XXXVII Shall Not Meet,
XXXVIII Carnal Intercourse,
XXXIX To Sin Mortally,
Fateful Decisions,
XL The Principal Houses,
XLI I am Despoiled,
XLII And Gave Freedom,
XLIII Perpetual Memory,
XLIV Carry the Name,
XLV Interred in My Chapel,
XLVI From the Estate,
XLVII He Had Consummated,
XLVIII Has Not Fulfilled,
XLIX As Good Brothers,
Epilogue,
Epilogue: Treasures Upon, Earth,
Glossary,
Currency and Measures,
A Brief Chronological Table of Major Events,
Notes,
Bibliography,
Index,
About the Authors,

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