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The Jesuit Order as a synagogue of Jews : Jesuits of Jewish ancestry and purity-of-blood laws in the early Society of Jesus /
by Robert Aleksander Maryks.
imprint
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2010.
description
xxxii, 281 p. : ill., map.
ISBN
9789004179813 (hardback : alk. paper)
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imprint
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2010.
isbn
9789004179813 (hardback : alk. paper)
catalogue key
6977368
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [261]-269) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Robert A. Maryks, Ph.D. (2006) in History, Fordham University, is Associate Professor of History at Bronx Community College of the City University of New York. He has published extensively on the history of early Jesuits, including Saint Cicero and the Jesuits: The Influence of the Liberal Arts on the Adoption of Moral Probabilism (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008).
Reviews
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This is a solid, scholarly volume that offers new material and new viewpoints on a theme that continues to excite interest.Henry Kamen, Barcelona. In: The Journal of Ecclesiastical History 62 (2011), pp. 832-833. "splendid book" ... "This is required reading for all students of early Jesuit history, and it will also be of great interest to historians of early modern attitudes toward religious and racial difference". Jonathan Wright, Hartlepool. In: Theological Studies, Vol. 71, No. 4 (December 2010), pp. 963-964."tightly focused, highly erudite, fascinating" [...] "The argument in each chapter is supported by copious quotations from primary sources, many of them unpublished and little-known. To a nonspecialist Maryks's expertise in this huge body of Jesuit literature is dazzling, and it is hard to imagine how he could be refuted. This is about as solid a piece of historical argumentation as I have ever seen. Despite the detail and erudition of the text, Maryks keeps the story moving from one point to the next". [...] "This is a book for academics, and it is specialized, but it is an excellent and important work with implications that go far beyond its immediate topic".Matt Goldosh, The Ohio State University. In: Renaissance Quarterly, 63 (Winter 2010), pp. 1344-1345. "Die Arbeit von Maryks ist gut dokumentiert und flüssig geschrieben...Der intendierte, different reading of the sources and secondary literature (S. XXXII) aufgrund von Archivmaterial ist Maryks weitgehend gelungen." Mariano Delgado, Freiburger Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Theologie, Vol. 58, no. 2, (2011), pp. 596-598."una investigación rica y sugerente".Juan A. Estrada. In: Archivo Teológico Granadino, Vol. 75 (2012), pp. 258-259.
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
In this work, the author explains how Christians with Jewish family backgrounds went within less than 40 years from having a leading role in the foundation of the Society of Jesus to being prohibited from membership in it.
Description for Reader
All those interested in converso and Jesuit history, the history of Catholicism, the history of late medieval and early modern Iberia and Italy, as well as Spanish literature historians, historians of law, and theologians.
Long Description
In The Jesuit Order as a Synagogue of Jews the author explains how Christians with Jewish family backgrounds went within less than forty years from having a leading role in the foundation of the Society of Jesus to being prohibited from membership in it. The author works at the intersection to two important historical topics, each of which attracts considerable scholarly attention but that have never received sustained and careful attention together, namely, the early modern histories of the Jesuit order and of Iberian purity of blood concerns.An analysis of the pro- and anti-converso texts in this book (both in terms of what they are claiming and what their limits are) advance our understanding of early modern, institutional Catholicism at the intersection of early modern religious reform and the new racism developing in Spain and spreading outwards.
Main Description
InThe Jesuit Order as a Synagogue of Jewsthe author explains how Christians with Jewish family backgrounds went within less than forty years from having a leading role in the foundation of the Society of Jesus to being prohibited from membership in it. The author works at the intersection to two important historical topics, each of which attracts considerable scholarly attention but that have never received sustained and careful attention together, namely, the early modern histories of the Jesuit order and of Iberian "purity of blood" concerns. An analysis of the pro- and anti-converso texts in this book (both in terms of what they are claiming and what their limits are) advance our understanding of early modern, institutional Catholicism at the intersection of early modern religious reform and the new racism developing in Spain and spreading outwards.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. ix
List of Abbreviationsp. xi
List of Illustrationsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
The Historical Context of Purity-of-Blood Discrimination (1391-1547)p. 1
Sentencia-Estatuto of Pero de Sarmiento (1449)p. 2
Alonso de Cartagena and Alonso de Oropesap. 4
Purity-of-blood statutes of Archbishop Silíceo (1547)p. 29
Defensio Toletani Statuti of Diego de Simancas (1573)p. 31
Early Jesuit Pro-converso Policy (1540-72)p. 41
Ignatius of Loyola as a “deep spiritual Semite”p. 42
Jerónimo Nadal's opposition to the purity-of-blood legislationp. 76
The converso triumvirate: the election of Diego Laínezp. 90
Francisco de Borja's infinite love of conversosp. 100
Discrimination Against Jesuits of Jewish Lineage (1573-93)p. 117
Italo-Portuguese anti-converso lobby at General Congregation 3p. 120
Everard Mercurian's “house cleansing”p. 123
Memorialistas' revolt against Romep. 125
Benedetto Palmio's converso-phobic memorialp. 129
Acquaviva's discriminatory measuresp. 143
Jesuit Opposition to the Purity-of-blood
Discrimination (1576-1608)p. 159
Antonio Possevinop. 162
Diego de Guzmánp. 182
Pedro de Ribadeneyrap. 187
García Girón de Alarcónp. 190
Juan de Marianap. 212
Conclusionp. 215
p. 219
p. 257
Bibliographyp. 261
Indexp. 271
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