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Forging the PastInvented Histories in Counter-Reformation Spain$
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Katrina B Olds

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300185225

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300185225.001.0001

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The Jesuits, the Inquisition, and History

The Jesuits, the Inquisition, and History

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Forging the Past

Katrina B. Olds

Yale University Press

This chapter shows how Higuera’s tweaking of local factional and religious interests helped to make his scholarship controversial, even when its content was, in fact, remarkably anodyne. Higuera had tried to bring his vision of the sacred past to life by means of direct advocacy and archaeological subterfuge in the infamous incident of the “discovery” of the temple of Saint Thyrsus (San Tirso) in Toledo in 1594. The resulting controversy divided learned opinion in Toledo. It also brought Higuera to the attention of Jesuit superiors all the way to Rome. Higuera’s woes with the Jesuits were not unique, nor were his appeals for help to the Spanish Inquisition. Yet it is worth emphasizing that, in spite of his difficult relationship with his superiors, Higuera was dedicated to the Society of Jesus.

Keywords:   controversies, sacred past, Saint Thyrsus, San Tirso, Toledo, Rome, Spanish Inquisition, Jesuits, Society of Jesus

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