The heritage of martyrdoms

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Subtitle: The formation of resettler society in the Kingdom of Granada following the Alpujarras War
Author list: Barrios Aguilera M, Sanchez Ramos V
Publisher: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)
Publication year: 1998
Issue number: 198
Start page: 129
End page: 156
Number of pages: 28
ISSN: 0018-2141
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


The countless murders of Old Christians at the tip of morisco scimitars during the rising of the Alpujarras caused a curious "mentality of martyrdom" among the survivors, unparalleled in the old Kingdom of Granada. The "martyrdoms" of Christmas Eve 1568, immediately exploited by the ecclesiastical hierarchy of Granada (led by the archbishop, Pedro de Castro) in order to establish a complex programme of Counter-Reformation propaganda, created a peculiar religious mentality that would be expressed throughout the resettlement process and in the shaping of a new Old Christian society that affected not only man in the Early Modern age but also, indelibly, the attitudes and behavior of the present.


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