Pedro de Valencia and the Catholic Apologists of the Expulsion of the Moriscos: Visions of Christianity and Kingship

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BRILL, 2010 - History - 424 pages
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The Spanish Moriscos, Muslims forcibly converted to Christianity, were expelled by Philip III between 1609 and 1614. Subsequently, writers known as Catholic Apologists wrote justifying the event. Pedro de Valencia, humanist, biblical scholar, jurist and royal Chronicler, condemned expulsion. Both Apologists and Pedro de Valencia made their case by invoking Divine Providence: the former contended that millenarian prophecies and apocalyptic visions were signs of divine warning beforehand and of approval afterwards; Valencia urged Philip III to act as a shepherd king, arguing that Divine Providence would punish monarchs who put political expediency before moral rectitude. Drawing on unpublished source material, the book juxtaposes the ideals of Valencia, a Christian humanist, with the bigotry, superstition and racism of the Apologists.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Part I The Catholic Apologists
47
Chapter One Spains Perception of its Own Predominant Role in Christendom in the Early Seventeenth Century
49
Chapter Two Santiago and Spains Perceived Preeminence among Christian Nations
85
AntiIslamic Propaganda
119
AntiIslamic Invective
137
Part II Pedro de Valencia
173
Biblical Scholar Humanist and Social Critic
175
Chapter Seven Pedro de Valencias Vision of a CasteFree Society
245
Chapter Eight Pedro de Valencias Tratado acerca de los moriscos
289
Chapter Nine El Tratado acerca de los moriscos and Pedro de Valencias Personal Plea to Philip III seen within the Framework of SeventeenthCentury ...
327
El Buen Pastor
367
Conclusion
393
Bibliography
399
Index
421
Copyright

Chapter Six Pedro de Valencia Royal Chronicler
199

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About the author (2010)

Grace Magnier, PhD (2001), University College, Dublin, teaches Golden-Age Literature at Trinity College, Dublin. She has published articles on messianic prophecy, Pedro de Valencia and the Moriscos and an edition of Valencia's critique of the Lead Books (Peter Lang, 2006).

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