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The Basque Seroras: Local Religion, Gender, and Power in Northern Iberia, 1550-1800

Amanda L. Scott

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781501747496
eISBN:
9781501747519
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501747496.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This book explores the intersections between local community, women's work, and religious reform in early modern northern Spain. The book illuminates the lives of these uncloistered religious women, ... More


Introduction

Amanda L. Scott

in The Basque Seroras: Local Religion, Gender, and Power in Northern Iberia, 1550-1800

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781501747496
eISBN:
9781501747519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501747496.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This introductory chapter provides an overview of a serora, or a devout laywoman entrusted with caring for a parish church or shrine in the early modern Basque Country and Navarre. As common as ... More


The Basque Seroras and Lay Female Religious Life in the Early Modern World

Amanda L. Scott

in The Basque Seroras: Local Religion, Gender, and Power in Northern Iberia, 1550-1800

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781501747496
eISBN:
9781501747519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501747496.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter discusses the lay female religious life in the early modern world. Simultaneously ignored, sanctified, suspected of heresy, lauded, and targeted for reform, devout laywomen presented ... More


“Her Duty and Obligation”: Selecting and Employing a Serora

Amanda L. Scott

in The Basque Seroras: Local Religion, Gender, and Power in Northern Iberia, 1550-1800

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781501747496
eISBN:
9781501747519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501747496.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter examines the duties and obligations of the seroras. Seroras expressed piety through practice and action, which were both utilitarian and highly performative. Their practical role, ... More


Local Religion and Tridentine Reform in the Early Modern Basque Country

Amanda L. Scott

in The Basque Seroras: Local Religion, Gender, and Power in Northern Iberia, 1550-1800

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781501747496
eISBN:
9781501747519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501747496.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter provides a brief synopsis of the presence of Navarrese delegates at the Council of Trent, then moves on to an overview of the Diocese of Pamplona's most important Tridentine era synod ... More


“Nothing More Certain Than Death”: Seroras and Their Communities through Their Testaments

Amanda L. Scott

in The Basque Seroras: Local Religion, Gender, and Power in Northern Iberia, 1550-1800

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781501747496
eISBN:
9781501747519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501747496.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter explores the kinds of material and emotional expression that shaped Basque notarial documents, drawing from testaments made by seroras as well as testaments that left goods or pious ... More


The Virgin, the Witch, and the Widow: Suspicion and Transgression in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

Amanda L. Scott

in The Basque Seroras: Local Religion, Gender, and Power in Northern Iberia, 1550-1800

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781501747496
eISBN:
9781501747519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501747496.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter identifies the challenges to the seroras' existence. When communities vied to define or limit their responsibilities and curb the seroras' influence, they often framed their complaints ... More


Conflict and Community in the Seventeenth Century

Amanda L. Scott

in The Basque Seroras: Local Religion, Gender, and Power in Northern Iberia, 1550-1800

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781501747496
eISBN:
9781501747519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501747496.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter reflects on the conflicts between seroras and their communities. Seroras, like their male colleagues, were parts of their communities through and through, and often little separated ... More


From Seroras to Sacristans: Reforms in the Eighteenth Century

Amanda L. Scott

in The Basque Seroras: Local Religion, Gender, and Power in Northern Iberia, 1550-1800

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781501747496
eISBN:
9781501747519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501747496.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter discusses the fundamental transformation of the role of the seroras in the eighteenth century. Whereas the seroras survived Tridentine reform relatively unscathed, they were not so ... More


Conclusion

Amanda L. Scott

in The Basque Seroras: Local Religion, Gender, and Power in Northern Iberia, 1550-1800

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781501747496
eISBN:
9781501747519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501747496.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This concluding chapter examines how modern seroras serve as living reminders about the historic value of the seroras and their potential for revising people's understanding of the importance of ... More


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