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Jerónimo Román De La Higuera And The Lead Books Of Sacromonte

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This chapter examines the relationship between Jerónimo Román de la Higuera and Miguel de Luna, a connection which can be traced not only to the famous "Lead Books of Sacramonte" affair but also to the matter of the Caravaca Cross. Indeed, the authors believe that the forgeries of Román de la Higuera and Luna share a common goal: an interest in establishing the Christian legitimacy of the Moriscos and Conversos by tracing the presence of such converts to Spanish antiquity and dissociating their cultural characteristics from their religious ones. In this way both men aimed to promote the integration of the two minority groups within mainstream, Old-Christian culture. To conclude, the chapter cites the views of the eighteenth-century scholar Gregorio Mayáns y Siscar and propose a hypothesis. Despite the fact that the Lead Books were declared falsifications by the Vatican in 1682, they remained a source of debate within Spain.

Keywords: Caravaca Cross; Gregorio Mayáns y Siscar; Jerónimo Román de la Higuera; Lead Books of Sacramonte; Miguel de Luna; Moriscos; Old-Christian culture; Spanish antiquity



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