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The Resource Death by effigy : a case from the Mexican Inquisition, Luis R. Corteguera

Death by effigy : a case from the Mexican Inquisition, Luis R. Corteguera

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Death by effigy : a case from the Mexican Inquisition
Title
Death by effigy
Title remainder
a case from the Mexican Inquisition
Statement of responsibility
Luis R. Corteguera
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Language
eng
Summary
"On July 21, 1578, the Mexican town of Tecamachalco awoke to news of a scandal. A doll-like effigy hung from the door of the town's church. Its two-faced head had black chicken feathers instead of hair. Each mouth had a tongue sewn onto it, one with a forked end, the other with a gag tied around it. Signs and symbols adorned the effigy, including a sambenito, the garment that the Inquisition imposed on heretics. Below the effigy lay a pile of firewood. Taken together, the effigy, signs, and symbols conveyed a deadly message: the victim of the scandal was a Jew who should burn at the stake. Over the course of four years, inquisitors conducted nine trials and interrogated dozens of witnesses, whose testimonials revealed a vivid portrait of friendship, love, hatred, and the power of rumor in a Mexican colonial town. A story of dishonor and revenge, Death by Effigy also reveals the power of the Inquisition's symbols, their susceptibility to theft and misuse, and the terrible consequences of doing so in the New World. Recently established and anxious to assert its authority, the Mexican Inquisition relentlessly pursued the perpetrators. Lying, forgery, defamation, rape, theft, and physical aggression did not concern the Inquisition as much as the misuse of the Holy Office's name, whose political mission required defending its symbols. Drawing on inquisitorial papers from the Mexican Inquisition's archive, Luis R. Corteguera weaves a rich narrative that leads readers into a world vastly different from our own, one in which symbols were as powerful as the sword."--Project Muse
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non fiction
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Series statement
The early modern Americas
Death by effigy : a case from the Mexican Inquisition, Luis R. Corteguera
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Death by effigy : a case from the Mexican Inquisition, Luis R. Corteguera
Link
http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2307/j.ctt3fj6rt
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. I. 1578 -- pt. II. 1581 -- pt. III. 1582
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Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812207057
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote

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