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without death, and that death conditions the living body of the infant, forever obliging believers to ponder the fragility of existence and the cyclical nature of sacred time. The wounds inflicted on the adult’s body infect life with a force that is repugnant but irresistible, divesting it of the

In: Sacred Skin: The Legend of St. Bartholomew in Spanish Art and Literature

bifurcation between issues of life/death, salvation/damnation, and despair/redemption. 8 The location of Bartholomew’s ministry is equally uncertain. In some of the earliest extant testimonies, the saint toils in Egypt after the death of Christ, drawing perhaps on his experiences as a prince of the

In: Sacred Skin: The Legend of St. Bartholomew in Spanish Art and Literature

for themselves and their children.” 53 Soller is one of these who sought mobility and a better life even if not through anything as official as the late eighteenth-century’s whitening decree. Soller declares in his affidavit “that he did not have the status and rank of priest, neither major

In: Mulatto · Outlaw · Pilgrim · Priest: The Legal Case of José Soller, Accused of Impersonating a Pastor and Other Crimes in Seventeenth-century Spain

appeals, a procedure that usually lasted several years. During that time no provisions were made for their upkeep, and if prisoners could not afford to purchase food and other necessities of life from wardens and jailers, then it was expected they would be supported by relatives and friends. Failing this

In: Mulatto · Outlaw · Pilgrim · Priest: The Legal Case of José Soller, Accused of Impersonating a Pastor and Other Crimes in Seventeenth-century Spain

the entire city, leaving most of it a pile of charred rubble: “One of the most destructive conflagrations of European history, it gutted the principal institutions of Lisbon’s political, religious, and economic life.” 13 The fire spread in earnest the next day, All Souls Day, November 2. Whole

In: Mulatto · Outlaw · Pilgrim · Priest: The Legal Case of José Soller, Accused of Impersonating a Pastor and Other Crimes in Seventeenth-century Spain