The 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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The Holy Office of the Inquisition (a royal tribunal that addressed issues of heresy and offenses to morality) was established in Peru in 1570 and operated there until 1820. In this book, Ana E. Schaposchnik provides a deeply researched history of the Inquisition’s Lima Tribunal, focusing in particular on the cases of persons put under trial for crypto-Judaism in Lima during the 1600s.
            Delving deeply into the records of the Lima Tribunal, Schaposchnik brings to light the experiences and perspectives of the prisoners in the cells and torture chambers, as well as the regulations and institutional procedures of the inquisitors. She looks closely at how the lives of the accused—and in some cases the circumstances of their deaths—were shaped by actions of the Inquisition on both sides of the Atlantic. She explores the prisoners’ lives before and after their incarcerations and reveals the variety and character of prisoners’ religiosity, as portrayed in the Inquisition’s own sources. She also uncovers individual and collective strategies of the prisoners and their supporters to stall trials, confuse tribunal members, and attempt to ameliorate or at least delay the most extreme effects of the trial of faith.
            The Lima Inquisition also includes a detailed analysis of the 1639 Auto General de Fe ceremony of public penance and execution, tracing the agendas of individual inquisitors, the transition that occurred when punishment and surveillance were brought out of hidden dungeons and into public spaces, and the exposure of the condemned and their plight to an avid and awestricken audience. Schaposchnik contends that the Lima Tribunal’s goal, more than volume or frequency in punishing heretics, was to discipline and shape culture in Peru.

About The Author

Ana E. Schaposchnik is an associate professor of history at DePaul University.

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Title:The Lima Inquisition: The Plight Of Crypto-jews In Seventeenth-century PeruFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:October 13, 2015Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

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

“[A] major strength of The Lima Inquisition is its transatlantic focus. . . . Schaposchnik also impresses with her ability to transform the inner world of tribunal facilities into a subject for historical study.”—Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies