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Jesuit Opposition To The Purity-Of-Blood Discrimination (1576–1608)

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The prior purity-of-blood legislation promulgated in Toledo provoked a fifteen year- long storm of opposition that eventually led to the limitation, if only superficial, of the lineage inquiry by General Congregation Six. This chapter examines pro-converso writings of five influential Jesuits, namely, Antonio Possevino, Pedro de Ribadeneyra, Diego de Guzmán, Juan de Mariana, and García Girón de Alarcón within their historical context. García Girón de Alarcón is virtually unknown, yet his memorial from 1597 is the most comprehensive critique of the Jesuit purity-of- blood discrimination. During the twenty-year period that separates the two memorials of Possevino, two other condemnations of the 1593 decree were composed: one by Diego de Guzmán, another by Pedro de Ribadeneyra.

Keywords: Antonio Possevino; Diego de Guzmán; García Girón de Alarcón; Juan de Mariana; Pedro de Ribadeneyra; purity-of-blood legislation



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