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(Not) Enforcing The Indices

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This chapter shows that the Indices were further undermined by the granting of licenses to read prohibited books and the lack of regulation of private libraries. Once individuals came into possession of prohibited texts, they had to surrender them to the Inquisition. Prohibited books in the Biblioteca Nacional in Madrid show signs that they were read. When Francisco expired in the eighteenth century, the Inquisition listed fifteen banned books in his possession. Friar Pardo possessed translations of various parts of the Bible into Spanish, French and Italian. In contrast to the other private book collections studied in this chapter, since this member of a religious order had no legitimate descendants, there were no heirs to block the Inquisition's access to these texts. Throughout the time period in which the Indices regulated reading material, the issuing of licenses to read prohibited books remained a hotly debated point within the Spanish Inquisition.

Keywords: Biblioteca Nacional; D. Francisco Fernando de Flores; expurgatory index; Friar Pardo; Spanish Inquisition



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