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Luis De Carvajal, The Younger, And The Inquisition In New Spain Under Philip II

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This chapter offers a glimpse into the cracks and contradictions of the Inquisition as an institution as well as into its prisons. It examines the confessional and testimonial writings found in the trial of Luis de Carvajal, the Younger (el Mozo). The chapter focuses particularly on Carvajal's oral inquisitorial testimonies, his life narrative entitled Memorias, his last will or Testamento, as well as letters addressed to his mother and sisters during his imprisonment in the Inquisition jails. The new modality of the Inquisition in Portugal can be largely explained by Philip II's struggle to effectively and completely incorporate Portugal into his realm. Carvajal's family exemplifies an intensely persecuted group, many of whom migrated to New Spain, where they became the focus of much of the Inquisition's attention toward the end of the sixteenth century.

Keywords: inquisitorial testimonies; Luis de Carvajal; New Spain; Philip II



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