The punishment of dissidence and the lead inventions of Granada

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Subtitle: Sacromonte versus Ignacio de Las Casas
Author list: Barrios Aguilera M
Publisher: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)
Publication year: 2003
Volume number: 24
Issue number: 2
Start page: 477
End page: 532
Number of pages: 56
ISSN: 0211-3589
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


Using specific passages from the Historia authentica by Luis Francisco de Viana y Bustos and Joseph Juan de Laboraria, canons of the Sacromonte of Granada, the article evokes the condemnation carried out by this institution of the historical memory of father Ignacio de las Casas. This later was a Jesuit from Granada, Morisco by birth, and a missionary and social worker of considerable prestige who had distinguished himself as a staunch refuter of the Torre Turpiana and Valparaiso inventions of the late 16th century. De las Casas was persecuted during his own lifetime by the charismatic archbishop Pedro de Castro, founder of the Sacromonte Abbey and later responsible for the stigmatisation for future centuries of de las Casas' memory through the falsification and debasement of his biography. The Historia authentica, a 'defensorio' (written in 1756) provides the best example of the fanatical fulfilment of the founder's instructions, 150 years after the controversial findings.


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