La discrecionalidad de un inquisidor. Francisco Vaca, ¿el primer abogado de las brujas?

RIEV. Cuadernos, 9. Akelarre: la caza de brujas en el Pirineo (siglos XIII-XIX). Homenaje al profesor Gustav Henningsen

Moreno Martínez, Doris

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Donostia-San Sebastián

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In 1548, inquisitor Francisco Vaca was sent by the Council of the Supreme Inquisition to Barcelona to investigate certain cases of witchcraft. His reports suggest that perhaps he was the first attorney of the witches. In Valladolid, in 1559 and 1560, that very same inquisitor used discrete strategies to support Carranza, the Archbishop of Toledo, who was immersed in proceedings instituted against him by the Inquisition. As from these two episodes, the article puts forward the complexity of the reality of the figure of the Inquisitor as against the classical archetype.
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