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Forging the Past: Invented Histories in Counter-Reformation Spain

Katrina B Olds


Spain’s infamous “false chronicles” were alleged to have been unearthed in 1595 in a monastic library deep in the heart of the German-speaking territories of the Holy Roman Empire by the Jesuit priest Jerónimo Román de la Higuera. Though rife with anachronisms and chronological inaccuracies, these four volumes of invented “truths” about Spanish sacred history radically transformed the religious landscape in Counter-Reformation Spain and were not definitively exposed as forgeries until centuries later, after nearly two hundred years of scholarly debate. This book explores the history, author, a ... More

Keywords: Holy Roman Empire, Jerónimo Román de la Higuera, Counter-Reformation Spain, Jesuit priest

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300185225
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300185225.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katrina B Olds, author
University of San Francisco