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Pedro de Valencia and the Catholic apologists of the expulsion of the Moriscos; visions of Christianity and kingship.

9789004182882

Pedro de Valencia and the Catholic apologists of the expulsion of the Moriscos; visions of Christianity and kingship.

Magnier, Grace.

BRILL

2010

424 pages

$199.00

Hardcover

The medieval and early modern Iberian world; v.38

DP104

Magnier (Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland) does a great job of separating out the various strands of vitrolic rhetoric directed at the Moriscos--Muslims who had converted to Christianity, often under coercion--in this excellent study. Based on her close reading of the works of Catholic apologist Pedro de Valencia and others, Magnier describes in detail the ways in which the Moriscos were maligned, how Valencia urged conversion missions of the Moriscos, his part in their eventual expulsion from Spain, and his theological exegesis on the subject of their beliefs. Valencia's role in the court and his relationship to King Philip III are described, as are the concepts which informed Spain's self-image as the single most Christian nation. Lengthy excerpts from original texts are included, in English translation by Magnier.

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