The Lima Inquisition: The Plight Of Crypto-jews In Seventeenth-century Peru by Ana E. SchaposchnikThe Lima Inquisition: The Plight Of Crypto-jews In Seventeenth-century Peru by Ana E. Schaposchnik

The Lima Inquisition: The Plight Of Crypto-jews In Seventeenth-century Peru

byAna E. Schaposchnik

Hardcover | October 13, 2015

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Established in Peru in 1570, the Holy Office of the Inquisition operated there until 1820, prosecuting, torturing, and sentencing alleged heretics. Ana Schaposchnik offers a deeply researched history of the Inquisition's tribunal in the capital city of Lima, with a focus on cases of crypto-Judaism—the secret adherence to Judaism while publicly professing Christianity.

Delving into the records of the tribunal, Schaposchnik brings to light the experiences of individuals on both sides of the process. Some prisoners, she discovers, developed a limited degree of agency as they managed to stall trials or mitigate the most extreme punishments. Training her attention on the accusers, Schaposchnik uncovers the agendas of specific inquisitors in bringing the condemned from the dungeons to the 1639 Auto General de Fe ceremony of public penance and execution. Through this fine-grained study of the tribunal's participants, Schaposchnik finds that the Inquisition sought to discipline and shape culture not so much through frequency of trials or number of sentences as through the potency of individual examples.

Ana E. Schaposchnik is an associate professor of history at DePaul University.
Title:The Lima Inquisition: The Plight Of Crypto-jews In Seventeenth-century PeruFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.61 inPublished:October 13, 2015Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299306100

ISBN - 13:9780299306106

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Table of Contents




1 Heresy and Inquisition in the Iberian World                      

2 The Trial: A Setting for Confession and Repentance                     

3 A Cobbler and a Merchant             

4 A Community under Trial in Colonial Peru                       

5 The Inner World of the Lima Prisons                     

6 The Plight of the Condemned                     






Editorial Reviews

"Demonstrates that there has been a dramatic change in the field of Inquisition studies." —Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews