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Juan Bautista Pérez and the <i>Plomos de Granada</i>: Spanish Humanism in the Late Sixteenth Century

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Author(s): Ehlers, Benjamin

Journal: Al-Qantara : Revista de Estudios Arabes
ISSN 0211-3589

Volume: 24;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 427;
Date: 2003;
Original page

ABSTRACT
This article addresses the Parecer of the humanist Juan Bautista Pérez (d. 1597), one of the earliest critics of the relics unearthed in Granada in the decade after 1588. Given his relatively progressive morisco policy as bishop of Segorbe, Pérez might well have welcomed the plomos, which created a history that encompassed both Muslims and Christians. His humanist training, however, led him to conclude that the plomos were a modem forgery, and that their veneration would lead the Spanish people astray. The Parecer (1595) of Pérez represents one example of scholarly rigor, creativity, and religious devotion among Spanish humanists in the later sixteenth century.Este trabajo examina el parecer del obispo y humanista Juan Bautista Pérez (ca. 1534-1597), uno de los primeros críticos de las reliquias desenterradas en Granada a partir de 1588. Dada su política morisca bastante progresista en la diócesis de Segorbe, bien habría podido Pérez aprobar la aparición de los plomos, que creaban una historia común para cristianos y musulmanes. Su erudición, por el contrario, le hizo concluir que los plomos fueron una fabricación moderna, y que su veneración pondría en peligro de desviación religiosa al pueblo español. El parecer de Pérez (1595) es un ejemplo de rigor, creatividad, y devoción religiosa entre los humanistas de finales del siglo XVI.
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