Religion, Power, and Politics in Colonial St. Augustine: The Writings of Medieval Spain's Converted Jews / Edition 1

Religion, Power, and Politics in Colonial St. Augustine: The Writings of Medieval Spain's Converted Jews / Edition 1

by Robert L. Kapitzke
     
 

ISBN-10: 081302076X

ISBN-13: 9780813020761

Pub. Date: 05/06/2001

Publisher: University Press of Florida

"This outstanding study of religious life in Spanish St. Augustine during the years 1670-1763 will surprise many. Employing original records from Spanish archives, the author shows that the principal authorities of church and state were almost constantly engaged in contentious struggles. And at fault was the very structure of Spanish colonial life. This

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"This outstanding study of religious life in Spanish St. Augustine during the years 1670-1763 will surprise many. Employing original records from Spanish archives, the author shows that the principal authorities of church and state were almost constantly engaged in contentious struggles. And at fault was the very structure of Spanish colonial life. This illuminating and most readable book belongs on every Florida history shelf."-- Michael Gannon, Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of History, University of Florida

This book offers a lively analysis of the religious world of colonial St. Augustine, Florida, focusing on the daily rituals that defined a Catholic life, as well as on the conflicts between religious and political leaders that defined and shaped the city’s social milieu.

Working with documents in both Florida and Spain that correct, amplify, and qualify previous work in the field, Robert Kapitzke describes the turbulent interactions between representatives of the church and the crown. He examines inquisition cases, ecclesiastical asylum disputes, and jurisdictional battles between parish priests and their Franciscan counterparts that regularly threatened the ordered world of the colony. He also shows that, at the same time, the colonists’ deeply rooted religious faith brought stability to their community, which faced destruction throughout its colonial history.

This work fills an important gap in Spanish American history by presenting, in vivid detail, the dynamic religious life of the principal settlement and capital of colonial Florida.

Robert L. Kapitzke, an independent scholar and former teacher at the University of Sevilla in Spain, is the author of numerous articles on colonial St. Augustine, including one published in the Florida Historical Quarterly that received the 1994 Society of Colonial Wars Annual Publication Award.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813020761
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
05/06/2001
Series:
Florida Museum of Natural History: Ripley P. Bullen Series
Edition description:
First
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1The Religious Environment8
2The Politics of Religion29
3Father Leturiondo and the Office of Parish Priest67
4A Sacred Refuge: Ecclesiastical Asylum98
5A Brotherhood Divided124
6Religion in St. Augustine, 1702-1763147
Notes179
Glossary199
Bibliography201
Index215

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