Deza and Its Moriscos: Religion and Community in Early Modern Spain

Deza and Its Moriscos: Religion and Community in Early Modern Spain

by Patrick J. O'Banion
Deza and Its Moriscos: Religion and Community in Early Modern Spain

Deza and Its Moriscos: Religion and Community in Early Modern Spain

by Patrick J. O'Banion

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Overview

Bainton Prize for History and Theology Honorable Mention

Deza and Its Moriscos addresses an incongruity in early modern Spanish historiography: a growing awareness of the importance played by Moriscos in Spanish society and culture alongside a dearth of knowledge about individuals or local communities. By reassessing key elements in the religious and social history of early modern Spain through the experience of the small Castilian town of Deza, Patrick J. O’Banion asserts the importance of local history in understanding large-scale historical events and challenges scholars to rethink how marginalized people of the past exerted their agency.

Moriscos, baptized Muslims and their descendants, were pressured to convert to Christianity at the end of the Middle Ages but their mass baptisms led to fears about lingering crypto-Islamic activities. Many political and religious authorities, and many of the Moriscos’ neighbors as well, concluded that the conversions had produced false Christians. Between 1609 and 1614 nearly all of Spain’s Moriscos—some three hundred thousand individuals—were thus expelled from their homeland.

Contrary to the assumptions of many modern scholars, rich source materials show the town’s Morisco minority wielded remarkable social, economic, and political power. Drawing deeply on a diverse collection of archival material as well as early printed works, this study illuminates internal conflicts, external pressures brought to bear by the Inquisition, the episcopacy, and the crown, and the possibilities and limitations of negotiated communal life at the dawn of modernity.

 


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ISBN-13: 9781496221599
Publisher: Nebraska
Publication date: 08/01/2020
Series: Early Modern Cultural Studies
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 396
Sales rank: 831,475
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Patrick J. O’Banion is a former professor of history. He now teaches church history around the world with Training Leaders International. He is the author of This Happened in My Presence: Moriscos, Old Christians, and the Spanish Inquisition in the Town of Deza, 1569–1611 and The Sacrament of Penance and Religious Life in Golden Age Spain.
 

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Editorial Notes

Abbreviations and Conventions

Introduction

1. Town, Contours, and Kingdoms: Deza and Its People

2. Deza Divided: Bernardino Almanzorre’s Story

3. Getting On With Their Lives: Alexo Gorgoz’s Story

4. Seeking a Freer Land: Lope Guerrero’s Story

5. The Guardians of Morisco Culture: María la Jarquina’s Story

6. Favor and Fame: Román Ramírez el Menor’s Story, Part 1

7. The Demons of Tajahuerce: Román Ramírez el Menor’s Story, Part 2

8. The Better Law: Román Ramírez el Menor’s Story, Part 3

9. Small-Town Dreams: Miguel García Serrano’s Story

10. As Much Moors Now as Ever: Ana Guerrera’s Story

11. Cleverer than His Father: Miguel Ramírez’s Story

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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