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


In 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.

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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.
List of Figures
Chronology of José Soller

Part 1 In Search of Soller

1 The Vineyards

2 The Legal Case against José Soller

3 Origins

4 The Nature of the Journey

5 Reconstructing Locales along the Way

6 On Trial, under Sentence, and in Absentia

7 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

Editorial Norms

Edition and Translation

Part 3 Scholarly Supplement

Proper Names in the Dossier

Linguistic Variants

Scribal Errors

Case Notes

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.