Forging the Past: Invented Histories in Counter-Reformation Spain by Katrina B. Olds
The notorious "false records" in Spain were allegedly discovered in 1595 in a monastic library in the heart of the German-speaking territory of the Holy Roman Empire by the Jesuit…
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The notorious "false records" in Spain were allegedly discovered in 1595 in a monastic library in the heart of the German-speaking territory of the Holy Roman Empire by the Jesuit pastor Geronimo Roman de la Higuera. Although it is an anachronism and a chronological inaccuracy, these four volumes of selected "facts" about Spanish sacred history radically altered Spain's anti-reform religious landscape and were not exposed to rigorously even centuries later, after nearly two hundred A year of scientific debate.
In this fascinating study, Katrina B. Olds explores the history, author, and legacy of one of the most powerful and pressing scams in the world.
The book examines how a relatively Jesuit priest succeeded in forming a set of historical documents assumed to be original to generation after generation. The effect of the records was so impressive, in fact, that they continued to shape academic discourse, religious practice, and local heritage throughout Spain until the twentieth century, although it was exposed as an 18th century forgery.
The great Olds analysis combines intellectual, cultural, religious and political history, while reviving the ongoing debate about the uses and abuses of history and the nature of historical and religious truth.
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