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Bento Teixeira: A New Christian Caught By The First Visit Of The Inquisition To Brazil

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This chapter moves from Mexico to Brazil and focuses on the life and work of Bento Teixeira, a New Christian who became a victim of the Inquisition in the same decade that Luis de Carvajal was burned at the stake in the city of Mexico. Although Bento Teixeira's trial took place in Lisbon because there was no Inquisition tribunal in Brazil, during his imprisonment in the jail of the Holy Office in Lisbon, known as Estaus, it is possible to see that even in the jails of the major cities of the Iberian empires the prisoners managed to take advantage of the cracks in the walls of their cells to communicate among themselves, and to resist the Inquisition. The chapter also points to the emergent criollo consciousness evident in the verses of BentoTeixeira's Prosopopéia.

Keywords: BentoTeixeira; Inquisition tribunal; Luis de Carvajal; northeast Brazil; Prosopopéia



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