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The Spiritual Conquest of Marriage: How the Holy Office and Council of Trent Attempted to Reform the Laity of New Spain
Rechtsgeschichte - Legal History
The Council of Trent's reform of marriage attempted to give the Church greater oversight over marriage and rein in popular misconceptions about the sacrament. In colonial Mexico, this shift in the definition of marriage coincided with the arrival of the Holy Office of the Inquisition. This article examines how the conjuncture of these two events impacted laity in New Spain, especially non-Spaniards of mixed ancestry such as mestizos and mulatos.The keen interest shown by the Inquisition indoi:10.12946/rg27/123-130 fatcat:x7x35qpuaratja4y6ktonyi3bi