The Inquisition and the Midwife

Renée Levine Melammed

in Heretics or Daughters of Israel?

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780195151671
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849215 | DOI:
The Inquisition and the Midwife

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The chapter examines the trial proceedings of a midwife Beatriz Rodriguez whom the Archbishopric of Toledo were anxious to convict. The Inquisition collected information concerning this conversa for fifty years. The character and religious beliefs of a midwife were of utmost concern to the ecclesiastical authorities. The midwife was valued and trusted by the community; this situation presented a challenge to the Church, for “the acquisition of power by peasant women posed a threat to the Church.”

Keywords: trial proceedings; midwife; Archbishopric; Inquisition; conversa

Chapter.  5084 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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