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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. 
In this fascinating study, Katrina B. Olds explor...

2015   440 pp.  20 b/w illus.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300185225  $65.00 tx

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