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From Saint To Sinner: Sixteenth-Century Perceptions Of "La Monja De Lisboa"

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In recent years, María had been relegated to little more than a side-note, a mere example of the many purported mystics populating 16th- and 17th-century Iberia. This fact has had the deleterious effect of undermining Maria's importance as a political and religious figure and obscuring the fact that she was part of important debates in the late 16th century and after. Among those the church considered frauds numbered another nun, María, whose presumptions to holiness made her a celebrity across Catholic Europe. Sor María da Visitado (known in the Spanish world as the Monja de Lisboa) was born in 1551. The aim is to explore this theme by offering a schematic assessment of how various men, mostly clerics, used María's story. Evidence of Granada's support for María remains in various documents forming part of what seems to have been a concerted print and manuscript campaign in her favor.

Keywords: 17th-century Iberia; Granada; late 16th century; María; Monja de Lisboa; mystics



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