Mad for God: Bartolome Sanchez, the Secret Messiah of Cardenete

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Dezember 2000



Convinced he was the Elijah Messiah, the Spanish peasant Bartolome Sanchez believed that God had sent him in divine retribution for the crimes committed by the Inquisition and the Church. Sanchez's vocal and intolerable religions deviance quickly landed him in the very court he believed he was sent to destroy. Fortunately for him, the first inquisitor assigned to his case came to believe that Sanchez was not guilty, by virtue of insanity, and tried to collect the proof that would save his life.For seven years, Sanchez shuttled between jails, hospitals, and his home village while his fate hung in the balance. Nalle convincingly evokes the compassion of Sanchez's first inquisitor, Pedro Cortes, as he struggled to save his prisoner's life, and argues that the Spanish, compared to other Europeans of the day, were remarkably rational and humane when dealing with the mentally ill.A gripping tale of madness and religious conviction, Mad for God offers new historical insight into the ongoing debate over the nature of religious inspiration, insanity, and criminal responsibility.


SARA TILGHMAN NALLE is Associate Professor of History at William Paterson University and the author of God in La Mancha: Religious Reform and the People of Cuenca, 1500-1650, winner of the 1993 Roland Bainton Prize.


"What a pleasure to read a book that is so well prepared and has such an engaging story to tell! Mad for God is exceptionally clear, readable, original, and substantial. Nalle interests us in the story of a man with what for his time and place were crazy ideas about God and Catholicism, and in the process teaches us much about sixteenth-century Spanish Catholicism, the Inquisition, contemporary ideas about madness, and the social control of speech and dissenters." - William A. Christian Jr., author of Local Religion in Sixteenth-Century Spain "Mad for God is microhistory at its best, and it succeeds on multiple levels: it is a riveting narrative that has much to reveal to specialists and amateurs alike, and it is the first study to bring this case to light. Moreover, though it is focused on Sanchez exclusively, this study places the case in the context of similar contemporary phenomena in Spain and Europe, while, at the same time, revealing much about the inquisitorial process itself. Expertly accomplished, and elegantly written, there is nothing else quite like Mad for God in terms of content, form, or purpose, and it should prove to be a prime exemplar of a particular genre of history." - Carlos M. N. Eire, Yale University, author of From Madrid to Purgatory: The Art and Craft of Dying in Sixteenth-Century Spain"
EAN: 9780813920009
ISBN: 0813920000
Untertitel: Empfohlen ab 22 Jahre. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2000
Seitenanzahl: 228 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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