Mad for God: Bartolome Sanchez, the Secret Messiah of Cardenete [NOOK Book]

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Convinced he was the Elijah Messiah, the Spanish peasant Bartolomé Sánchez believed that God had sent him in divine retribution for the crimes committed by the Inquisition and the Church. Sánchez's vocal and intolerable religious deviance quickly landed him in the very court he believed he was sent to destroy. Fortunately for him, the first inquisitor assigned to his case came to believe that Sánchez was not guilty by virtue of insanity, and tried to collect the proof that would...

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Mad for God: Bartolome Sanchez, the Secret Messiah of Cardenete

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Overview

Convinced he was the Elijah Messiah, the Spanish peasant Bartolomé Sánchez believed that God had sent him in divine retribution for the crimes committed by the Inquisition and the Church. Sánchez's vocal and intolerable religious deviance quickly landed him in the very court he believed he was sent to destroy. Fortunately for him, the first inquisitor assigned to his case came to believe that Sánchez was not guilty by virtue of insanity, and tried to collect the proof that would save his life.

For seven years, Sánchez shuttled between jails, hospitals, and his home village while his fate hung in the balance. Nalle convincingly evokes the compassion of Sánchez's first inquisitor, Pedro Cortes, as he struggled to save his prisoner's life, and argues that the Spanish, compared to other Europeans of the day, were remarkably rational and humane when dealing with the mentally ill.

A gripping tale of madness and religious conviction, Mad for God offers new historical insight into the ongoing debate over the nature of religious inspiration, insanity, and criminal responsibility.

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Part courtroom drama, part adventure story, part debate over the natures of religious inspiration, insanity and criminal responsibility, this is the story of Bartolom<'e> S<'a>nchez's 16th-century descent into religious madness. S<'a>nchez's story has been reconstructed from seven years of Inquisition trial records<-->the only records of the sacrilegious wool carder. Appendices include selections in Spanish from the trial transcript documenting S<'a>nchez's messianic beliefs and his versions of standard Catholic prayers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813934624
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 11/29/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 917,869
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Sara Tilghman Nalle is Associate Professor of History at William Paterson University and the author of God in La Mancha: Religious Reform and the People of Cuenca, 1500-1650, winner of the 1993 Roland Bainton Prize.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 The Breakdown 9
2 In the Secret Prisons 26
3 The Elijah-Messiah 39
4 Lessons Learned at Home 55
5 Trial Motions 73
6 Acts of Faith 93
7 Deja Vu 110
8 Madman 138
Conclusion: Forgotten Endings 163
Note on the Editing of the Spanish Texts 169
App. A Excerpts from Bartolome Sanchez's Trial 171
App. B Sanchez's Prayers 183
Notes 187
Bibliography 213
Index 223
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