Collection ID: 0002 | Metadata type: TEI
Ms. Codex 1447 Discurso echo por fray Agustin de Saluçio, maestro en sancta theoloxia dela horden de Santo Domingo açerca dela justiçia y buen gobierno de España enlos estatutos de limpieça de sangre y si conbiene o no alguna limitaçion en ellos
TitleDiscurso echo por fray Agustin de Saluçio, maestro en sancta theoloxia dela horden de Santo Domingo açerca dela justiçia y buen gobierno de España enlos estatutos de limpieça de sangre y si conbiene o no alguna limitaçion en ellos
- Salucio, Agustín, 1523-1601
Other related names
- Stirling Maxwell, William, Sir, 1818-1878, former owner
Call numberMs. Codex 1447
(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
- bibid: 4466961
PublisherThe University of Pennsylvania Libraries
17th-century copy of a political treatise written by Dominican friar Agustin de Salucio, probably in 1599 or 1600, in favor of reforming the statutes on bloodlines, referred to in the text as "los estatutos de limpieça de sangre." These statutes, initiated in earnest in 15th-century Spain, at first excluded individuals from holding public office or receiving ecclesiastical benefices if they were descendants of either Jewish or Muslim converts to Christianity or of individuals convicted of crimes by the Inquisition. However, by the end of the 16th century, Spanish society, government, and especially the Catholic Church were obsessed with proving "cleanliness of blood," which was to say tracing ancestry back to the "old Christians" who had never been Muslims or Jews. Such proof of pure Christian lineage became the means by which previously poor Christians laid claim to the lowest rung of the Spanish nobility, the hidalguía. This had always been an especially divisive and polemic issue in Spain, but by the end of the 16th century its excessive dissemination and implementation had convinced many that reform was needed. Thus, despite an official ban by the Inquisition on any writings against the statutes, several authors, including Salucio, published works advocating change. Chapters 1-3 lay out the main arguments of those against the statutes and chapters 4-8 give pro-statute responses. The remainder of the treatise, chapters 9-25, illustrate the author's middle path, which advocates imposing a time limitation on the statutes. In these latter chapters there is some interesting discussion related to the status of the "new Christians" converted to Christianity from Judaism or Islam.
- Ms. codex.
- Title from title page (f.i recto).
WatermarkUnidentified watermark consisting of a cross inside a circle with a crown above and possibly two unidentified initials underneath.
Extent76 leaves : 208 x 148 (180 x 120) mm. bound to 216 x 158 mm
FoliationPaper, ii + 76 + ii leaves; [i], 1-73, [i], 74; contemporary foliation in ink, modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto.
Some ornamentation in ink on title page (f.i recto).
- Formerly owned by Sir William Stirling Maxwell (bookplate inside upper cover).
- Purchased, 1966.
- Inquisition--Spain--Early works to 1800
- Nobility--Spain--Early works to 1800
- Jews--Legal status, laws, etc.--Spain
- Christian converts from Islam--Spain--History
- Christian converts from Judaism--Spain--History
- Moriscos--Early works to 1800
- Manuscripts, Spanish--17th century
- Manuscripts, European
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Decoration: Bookplate, Inside front cover
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Decoration: Table, f. 4r