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Pedro De Valencia’s Vision Of A ‘Caste-Free’ Society

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Pedro de Valencia, while still living in Zafra, was requested by Philip IIIs chaplain, Diego de Mardones, to write a treatise on the Moriscos. In 1605, when el problema morisco was receiving much attention, Fray Diego requested him to review the various solutions that had been put forward. Valencia argued against expulsion and advocated better evangelisation policies and the full integration of Moriscos into society by intermarriage with cristianos viejos. This chapter analyses perceptions of Divine Providence in Spain from the time of the Catholic Monarchs. The chapter examines his Tratado acerca de los moriscos and shows how Valencias beliefs as a Christian Humanist underlie his arguments as does his awareness of the status quo at the court of Philip III.

Keywords: Christian Humanist; Diego de Mardones; Pedro de Valencia



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