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Between Christians and Moriscos: Juan de Ribera and Religious Reform in Valencia, 1568-1614 (The Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science) 1st Edition

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A riveting portrait of a Catholic religious authority and the contentious, ambiguous, religious environment in which he moved. The book abounds in primary source material that is deftly evaluated; its argument is clear and persuasive, and sections are brilliantly done. Ehlers offers a history that takes seriously the intellectual and religious world of an elite member of the clergy, and then details the way the archbishop's initiatives worked on the ground, in all directions.

(Lu Ann Homza, author of Religious Authority in the Spanish Renaissance)

Well researched and clearly presented.

(Hilaire Kallendorf American Historical Review)

Excellent study.

(James B. Tueller Renaissance Quarterly)

Engagingly studies the conflicts in Valencia between local elites and the viceroy and the archbishop, agents of central government.

(Carmen Peraita Year's Work in Modern Language Studies)

Between Christians and Moriscos is a carefully researched and highly readable work that shows with impartiality the complexity of Ribera, whose arguments were much used in the theological justification of the expulsion of the Moriscos.

(Grace Magnier Bulletin of Spanish Studies)

Between Christians and Moriscos is a fine and welcome contribution to the history of early modern Spain.

(Mary Halavais Journal of Modern History)

The book’s greatest strength lies... in the highly original and well-crafted insight it provides.

(David Coleman European History Quarterly)

Surely, this book is destined to become required reading for all who are interested in early modern history and especially for those who have a special interest in Spain and Catholicism or in the history of Christian-Muslim relations.

(Carlos M. N. Eire Church History)

A well-documented, measured, subtle, and dispassionate look at the evolution of one of Spain's longest-tenured and powerful churchmen.

(William A. Christian Jr. Sixteenth Century Journal)

About the Author

Benjamin Ehlers is an assistant professor of history at the University of Georgia.


Product Details

  • Series: The Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science (Book 124)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (March 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801883229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801883224
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Benjamin Ehlers studies the Moriscos of Valencia and their failure to assimilate into popular and religious culture. He relies heavily on the records kept by the Spanish Inquisition. He concludes by stating that the Moriscos of Spain "adopted practices such as regular confession when necessary but continued the beliefs of their ancestors in private." The problem with this lies in the records themselves. The Inquisition documents are inherently bias, representing Moriscos who are on trial for not being converted to Christianity and continuing the practice of being a Muslim. When those are the primary records examined,I suppose he reaches a logical conclusion.
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