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Title Inquisitorial inquiries : brief lives of secret Jews and other heretics / edited and translated by Richard L. Kagan and Abigail Dyer.
Published Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011.
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 Floor2  DS135.S8 A155 2011    IN LIBRARY
Edition 2nd ed.
Description xii, 228 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Renegade Jew : Luis de la Ysla -- A Protestant threat? Esteban Jamete -- Sexuality and the marriage sacrament : Elena/Eleno de Céspedes -- Miguel de Piedrola : the "soldier-prophet" -- The price of conversion : Francisco de San Antonio and Mariana de los Reyes -- A captive's tale : Diego Díaz -- Keeping the faith : Doña Blanca Méndez de Rivera.
Summary "On the first day of Francisco de San Antonio's trial before the Spanish Inquisition in Toledo in 1625, his interrogators asked him about his parentage. His real name, he stated, was Abram Rubén, and he had been born in Fez of Jewish parents. How then, Inquisitors wanted to know, had he become a Christian convert? Why had a Hebrew alphabet been found in his possession? And what was his business at the Court in Madrid? 'He was asked,' according to his dossier, 'for the story of his life.' His response, more than ten folios long, is one of the many involuntary autobiographies created by the logic of the Inquisition that today provide rich insights into both the personal lives of the persecuted and the social, cultural, and political realities of the age. In the first edition of Inquisitorial Inquiries, Richard L. Kagan and Abigail Dyer collected, translated, and annotated six of these autobiographies from a diverse group of prisoners. Now they add the fascinating life story of another victim of the Inquisition: Esteban Jamete, a French sculptor accused of being a Protestant. Each of the autobiographies has been selected to represent a particular political or social issue, while at the same time raising more intimate questions about the religious, sexual, political, or national identities of the prisoners. Among them are a politically incendiary prophet, a self-proclaimed hermaphrodite, and a morisco, an Islamic convert to Catholicism."--Publisher description.
Subject Marranos -- Spain -- Biography.
Jews -- Spain -- Biography.
Sephardim -- Spain -- Biography.
Inquisition -- Spain -- Sources.
Jews -- Persecutions -- Spain -- Sources.
Trials (Heresy) -- Spain -- Sources.
Spain -- Ethnic relations -- Sources.
Related Names Kagan, Richard L., 1943-
Dyer, Abigail.
ISBN 9781421403403 (alk. paper)
1421403404 (alk. paper)
9781421401966 (pbk.)
1421401967 (pbk.)
OCLC number 746777868