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

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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 ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published September 7th 2008 by Princeton University Press (first published 2003)
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Siria
This excellent book analyses the interactions between conversos (converts from Judaism to Christianity and their descendants), Old Christians, friars and the Inquisition in late fifteenth century Guadalupe, Spain. Starr-LeBeau challenges the existing historiography—which has tended to make monoliths out of people's identities, to remove complexity and depth and shade from people's interactions—by re-examining Inquisition records and carefully teasing out interpersonal dynamics.

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A very interesting and well-written study of the working of the Spanish Inquisition in one city. A surprisingly quick read.
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