Mulatto · Outlaw · Pilgrim · Priest, John K. Moore, Jr. presents the first in-depth study, critical edition, and scholarly translation of
His Majesty’s Representative v. José Soller, Mulatto Pilgrim, for Impersonating a Priest and Other Crimes. This legal case dates to the waning days of the Hapsburg Spanish empire and illuminates the discrimination those of black-African ancestry could face—that Soller did face while attempting to pass freely on his pilgrimage from Lisbon to Santiago de Compostela and beyond.
This bilingual edition and study of the criminal trial against Soller is important for reconstructing his journey and for revealing at least in part the de facto and de jure treatment of mulattos in the early-modern Iberian Atlantic World.
John K. Moore, Jr., Ph.D. (2003), University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, is Associate Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has published and won national awards for scholarly projects on the Road to Santiago and Iberian pilgrimage.
Preface Acknowledgments List of Figures Chronology of José Soller
Part 1 In Search of Soller
The Legal Case against José Soller
The Nature of the Journey
Reconstructing Locales along the Way
On Trial, under Sentence, and in Absentia
Into Thin Air
Part 2 His Majesty’s Representative versus José Soller, Mulatto Pilgrim, for Impersonating a Priest and Other Crimes: Edition and Translation
Note on the Translation
Edition and Translation
Part 3 Scholarly Supplement
Proper Names in the Dossier
All those interested in the African diaspora, early-modern Europe, the black Atlantic world, and the pilgrimage routes to Santiago, plus specialists in Hispanic and Lusophone cultures, languages, literatures, and history.