Volume Editor's Introduction

in The Inquisition of Francisca

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780226142227
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226142258 | DOI:
Volume Editor's Introduction

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This chapter gives an introduction to the life of Francisca de los Apóstoles. Francisca de los Apóstoles was a thirty-six-year-old beata of the 16th century, who along with her sister Isabel Bautista attracted public attention in their attempts to found a new religious community for women without dowries and for the priests who would minister to them. Their reform efforts contained some pointed criticisms of the contemporary state of the Toledan church in Spain, which at that point had been managed by a governor and his council for sixteen years during the absence of its archbishop, Bartolomé de Carranza. Francisca was charged in a trial with alumbradismo, or claims to direct, illuminative experiences of God. After a grueling trial lasting over three years, Francisca was condemned for false mysticism, forced to appear in a public auto de fe, given one hundred lashes, and exiled from the city of Toledo for three years; and as a result she disappeared from recorded history.

Keywords: Francisca de los Apóstoles; contemporary; Isabel Bautista; Toledan church; Alumbradismo; mysticism

Chapter.  17449 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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