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Masters And Slaves Under The Stare Of The Cross

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This chapter discusses relations between Afroiberian slaves and Judeoconverso masters, in particular relations insofar as they were influenced by the theo-politics of the Iberian caste system and system of blood purity. Though the mastery of Judeoconversos was not always exercised directly over the former, the sway of religious differences between members of the two groups was impacted by even more overt tensions of caste subject position. Before getting to the complex master-slave interactions documented in the households of Judeoconversos in inquisitional records, the chapter looks at the sphere of the Inquisitions themselves, where Afroiberian slaves found themselves in some ways in positions of power and cultural belonging over against imprisoned Judeoconversos. Contestatory dynamics generated equally tumultuous consequences in the supposedly private sphere, where Black and Mulato slaves and servants turned to the Inquisitions for protection against, leverage or revenge against, liberation from, their masters.

Keywords: Afroiberian slaves; Iberian caste system; Inquisitions; Judeoconverso masters; system of blood purity; theo-politics



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