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Coda. The Strange Case Of A Wicked And Cruel Woman

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On 15 October 1560 Sebastián Horozco, the multi-talented Toledan coplista and chronicler, received a disturbing letter from a priest in Roa, a small village in the vicinity of Valladolid. Horozco moved swift ly to the scene of the crime, the village of Hora, where a spate of disappearances had recently been resolved by the discovery of seventeen corpses buried under the bedroom and kitchen floors in the home of the widow Teresa Delgado. According to Horozco, for the past five or six years, the fifty or sixty odd residents of Hora had harbored reservations about some of the business transactions of their neighbor, the innkeeper-widow Delgado. Delgado might well confirm the moralists' darkest fears about the consequences of uncontrolled women. Nevertheless, the fact that Horozco takes pains to show the extraordinary nature of her wickedness tends to absolve other widows from such apprehension.

Keywords: Sebastián Horozco; Teresa Delgado; Toledan coplista



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