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bMS 153

Spanish Inquisition. Records, circa 1553-1770: A Finding Aid.

Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 153
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Title: Spanish Inquisition. Records, circa 1553-1770.
Date(s): 1553-1770.
Quantity: 2 boxes
Abstract: Untitled, handwritten documents in Spanish and Latin, chiefly from Barcelona and its vicinity, relating to specific minor cases in the Spanish Inquisition. There is a summary of the documents prepared by E. James in box 1.

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Biographical / Historical

The Spanish Inquisition was established in 1478, and was intended to maintain Catholic orthodoxy.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents dated circa 1553 to 1770, all from the city of Barcelona or the surrounding area. They are written by several different individuals, and almost all of them are written in Spanish. There are several letters, private and official, and several notices and orders on separate sheets. The length of each document varies from about 200 pages to one page. Nearly all of them have reference to minor cases of the Spanish Inquisition. There is a summary of the documents prepared by an E. James in box 1. The summary describes some of the cases discussed in the documents. For instance, it describes the case of a woman imprisoned for supposed sorcery, and the case of a man who is applying for the role of a familiar, which is a term for a lay collaborator of the Inquisition.

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