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Forging the PastInvented Histories in Counter-Reformation Spain$
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Katrina B Olds

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300185225

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300185225.001.0001

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In Defense of Local Saints

In Defense of Local Saints

Higuera Versus Rome

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Forging the Past

Katrina B. Olds

Yale University Press

This chapter argues that Higuera focused on hyperlocal saints and holy traditions as part of an attempt to counter the increasingly critical manner in which the sources and narratives of the sacred past were being evaluated and reshaped by the late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Roman reformers. Higuera’s texts appeared at a pivotal moment when antiquarian and philological erudition was being put to the service of Tridentine reform. Like many of his counterparts in Italy, Higuera wrote in dialogue—part real, part imagined—with Cardinal Baronio, as seen in a remarkable and little-noticed document, a 1589 letter from Higuera to the Roman reformer himself. By seeing the letter and the chronicles as part of this broader Counter-Reformation context, Higuera’s motives and methods will become more clear, as will the larger question of the chronicles’ enduring presence in Iberian historiae sacrae.

Keywords:   Tridentine reform, Roman reformers, Rome, 1589 letter, Counter-Reformation, Cardinal Baronio

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