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Discordant Voices In The Inquisition

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Ever since the Jesuit historian Juan de Mariana lamented that the prosecution of Luis de León deeply affected the intellectual community, some scholars of early modern Spain hypothesize that the control exercised by the absolutist state and Inquisitorial vigilance had a profound impact on Spanish society. Intellectuals and educated clergy participated in the state's censorship process by writing aprobaciones. Sometimes these individuals collaborated with the Inquisition as calificadores, theological assessors who evaluated books and charges against defendants. It is often complex process of evaluating delaciones and the status of the person who made them may in part explain the large number of incomplete cases in surviving Inquisitorial documents. The publication of the first part of Historia profética began an especially intense public discussion between the Discalced Carmelites and the Jesuits. Publications on particularly highly charged theological polemics, such as the Immaculate Conception, were denounced to the Inquisition with some frequency.

Keywords: aprobaciones; calificadores; delaciones; Discalced Carmelite; Historia profética; Immaculate Conception; Juan de Mariana; Luis de León; Spanish Inquisition



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