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This index presents the list of names, terms and concepts of gamblers, cheats, womanizers and thieves, and cranky reformers. This book titled Taming a Brood of Vipers will offer examples of the daily realities of Dominican conventual life, cases of individual and group action that are very much at odds with explanations of the way it should have been but that make the conflict and apparent indiscipline in the friars' religious communities more intelligible and more appreciably human. It confronts the tendency, one very much in evidence in the work of some friar-historians to the present day, to enumerate only the favorable circumstances; but to remember the high points while forgetting the foibles and follies is a common logical fallacy, one that imposes linear patterns on divergent and even contradictory historical truths.

Keywords:Dominican life; vipers

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