Between 1483 and 1526, one-hundred and twenty-four trials were conducted by the Spanish Inquisition against conversos in Ciudad Real. The notarial records from these trials contain a multitude of references to material culture, including sculpted artworks, candles, and effigies. This essay analyzes the references to materiality utilized in arraignments, witness testimonies, and verdicts, and then correlates them to broader constructions of cultural identity. These references reveal a pre-modern animistic world view in which objects both shape and are shaped by their participation as active agents in religious ritual.
LAII Research Paper Series 55
The Latin American and Iberian Institute of the University of New Mexico
Inquisitive Objects, Material Culture, Conversos, Early Modern Period, Ciudad Real, Spanish Inquisition, Religious Ritual
Weiss, Jessica. "Inquisitive Objects: Material Culture and Conversos in Early Modern Ciudad Real." (2011). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/laii_research/50