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In the Shadow of the Virgin: Inquisitors, Friars, and
     

In the Shadow of the Virgin: Inquisitors, Friars, and "Conversos" in Guadalupe, Spain

by Gretchen D. Starr-LeBeau
 

ISBN-10: 0691139385

ISBN-13: 9780691139388

Pub. Date: 08/18/2008

Publisher: Princeton University Press

On June 11, 1485, in the pilgrimage town of Guadalupe, the Holy Office of the Inquisition executed Alonso de Paredes—a converted Jew who posed an economic and political threat to the town's powerful friars—as a heretic. Wedding engrossing narratives of Paredes and other figures with astute historical analysis, this finely wrought study reconsiders the

Overview

On June 11, 1485, in the pilgrimage town of Guadalupe, the Holy Office of the Inquisition executed Alonso de Paredes—a converted Jew who posed an economic and political threat to the town's powerful friars—as a heretic. Wedding engrossing narratives of Paredes and other figures with astute historical analysis, this finely wrought study reconsiders the relationship between religious identity and political authority in late-Medieval and early-modern Spain.

Gretchen Starr-LeBeau concentrates on the Inquisition's handling of conversos (converted Jews and their descendants) in Guadalupe, taking religious identity to be a complex phenomenon that was constantly re-imagined and reconstructed in light of changing personal circumstances and larger events. She demonstrates that the Inquisition reified the ambiguous religious identities of conversos by defining them as devout or (more often) heretical. And she argues that political figures used this definitional power of the Inquisition to control local populations and to increase their own authority.

In the Shadow of the Virgin is unique in pointing out that the power of the Inquisition came from the collective participation of witnesses, accusers, and even sometimes its victims. For the first time, it draws the connection between the malleability of religious identity and the increase in early modern political authority. It shows that, from the earliest days of the modern Spanish Inquisition, the Inquisition reflected the political struggles and collective religious and cultural anxieties of those who were drawn into participating in it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691139388
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/18/2008
Series:
Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern World Series
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Maps and Illustrations vii
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1

Chapter One: Before the Inquisition: Guadalupe, The Virgin, and the Order of Saint Jerome 12
The Landscape and the Virgin 12
The Jeronymites 18
The Expansion of Guadalupe's Economic and Spiritual Authority 30
Anti-Jeronymite and Anticonverso Violence in the Mid-Fifteenth Century 41

Chapter Two: Living in the Shadow of the Virgin 50
Sabbath and Sunday Observances 53
Christian and Jewish Dietary Regulations 66
Life Rituals: Birth, Marriage, and Death 71
The Acts of Community Life: Holidays, Festivals, and Processions 81

Chapter Three: Conversos in Christian and Jewish Societies 90
Converso Connections to Jews 91
Links between New and Old Christians 94
Perceptions of Assimilation 99
Attempts to Slow Assimilation into Christian Society 102

Chapter Four: Political Conflicts, Social Upheaval, and Religious Divisions: The Origins of the Guadalupense Inquisition 111
The Jeronymites and the Establishment of the Spanish Inquisition 112
The Ecclesiastical Inquisition in Guadalupe in 1462 117
Prior Diego de Paris and Changing Conditions in Guadalupe 121
Converso Functionaries and Resistance to the Friars’ Overlordship 124
Fray Fernando de Ubeda, Converso Traperos, and the Misuse of Power 136
The Prior's Election of 1483 141

Chapter Five: The Inquisitors’ Gaze 145
The Holy Office in Guadalupe 146
The Trials 152
Rendering a Verdict 166
The Autos de Fe 174

Chapter Six: Strategies of the Accused 180
The Trajectory of Resistance 180
Confronting Family and Friends 187
Tactics of Desperation 195

Chapter Seven: Investigating the Friars 200
Jeronymite Spirituality in Guadalupe 202
Conversos in Guadalupe and the Order of Saint Jerome 203
An Internal Inquisition 206
New and Old Proconverso Friars 218

Chapter Eight: Guadalupe after the Inquisition: Envisioning the Early Modern State in Guadalupe 224
Guadalupe after the Inquisition 225
Expulsion from Guadalupe 237
The Hegemony of the Friars 240
Guadalupe and the Sacrality of the Early Modern Spanish State 251
Conclusion 259

Appendix: The Trial of Juana González, Wife of Lope de Herrera 263
Index 277

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