The Lead Books of Granada

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-11-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Hailed as early Christian texts as important as the Dead Sea Scrolls, yet condemned by the Vatican as Islamic heresies, the Lead books of Granada, written on discs of lead and unearthed on a Granadan hillside, weave a mysterious tale of duplicity and daring set in the religious crucible of sixteenth-century Spain. This book evaluates the cultural status and importance of these polyvalent, ambiguous artefacts which embody many of the dualities and paradoxes inherent in the racial and religious dilemmas of Early Modern Spain. Using the words of key individuals, and set against the background of conflict between Spanish Christians and Moriscos in the late fifteen-hundreds, The Lead Books of Granada tells a story of resilient resistance and creative ingenuity in the face of impossibly powerful negative forces, a resistance embodied by a small group of courageous, idealistic men who lived a double life in Granada just before the expulsion of the Moriscos.

Author Biography

Elizabeth Drayson is Senior College Lecturer in Spanish at Murray Edwards College and Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, UK. She specializes in medieval and Early Modern Spanish literature and cultural history, and her monograph The King and the Whore: King Roderick and La Cava was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2007.

Table of Contents

1. A Mystery Unfolds
2. Books of Spells or Sacred Revelations?
3. History, Religion, Culture: Conspiracy in Context
4. Prime Suspect: Alonso del Castillo
5. Miguel de Luna: Hoaxer, Heretic or Hero?
6. 'As Precious as the Ark of the Covenant'
7. Unification in Opposition: The Strategy Of Ambivalence
8. Opposing Factions
9. Acts of Rebellion
10. Fact, Fiction, Myth: The Afterlife of the Lead Books
11. The Lead Books Today
Appendix 1. Titles of the Lead Books
Appendix 2. Summaries of the Content of the Lead Books
Appendix 3. Translation of the Lead Book entitled Libro de la Historia de la Verdad del Evangelio
Appendix 4. A Translator at Work
Appendix 5. 'Al monte santo de Granada', Sonnet by Luis de Góngora
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