Agents of Orthodoxy: Honor, Status, and the Inquisition in Colonial Pernambuco, Brazil

Agents of Orthodoxy: Honor, Status, and the Inquisition in Colonial Pernambuco, Brazil

By: James E. Wadsworth (author)Hardback

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The Portuguese Inquisition is often portrayed as a tyrannical institution that imposed itself on an unsuspecting and impotent society. In this new study, based on extensive archival research, James E. Wadsworth challenges these myths by focusing on the lay and clerical officials who staffed the Inquisition in colonial Pernambuco, one of Brazil's oldest, wealthiest, and most populated colonies. He argues that the Inquisition was an integral part of colonial society and that it reflected and reinforced deeply held social and religious values that crossed the Atlantic, recreated themselves in colonial Brazil, and became powerful tools for exclusion and promotion in Brazilian society. Beautifully written and extensively researched, this book sheds new light on a long-standing institution and the people who participated in it.

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James E. Wadsworth is assistant professor in the Department of History at Stonehill College.


Introduction Chapter 1: In the Name of the Holy Office Chapter 2: The Inquisition at Work in Pernambuco Chapter 3: Qualifying for Office: Procedures and Costs Chapter 4: Qualifying for Office: The Problems of Honor Chapter 5: Genealogical Fraud and Political Reform Chapter 6: Nobility of Blood Chapter 7: Corporate Privilege: The familiars do numero Chapter 8: Corporate Institutions: Brotherhoods and Militias Chapter 9: Impostors, Abusers, and Obstructers Chapter 10: Decay and Decline Conclusion

Product Details

  • publication date: 15/12/2006
  • ISBN13: 9780742554450
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9780742554450
  • weight: 594
  • ISBN10: 0742554457

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