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The memoirs of Fray Servando Teresa de Mier

Author: José Servando Teresa de Mier Noriega y Guerra; Susana Rotker; Helen R Lane
Publisher: New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1998.
Series: Library of Latin America.
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"On December 12, 1794, Fray Servando preached a sermon in Mexico City claiming that the Indies had been converted by St. Thomas long before the Spaniards arrived. Because the Spanish cited the "conversion of the heathen" as the justification of their conquest of the New World, Servando's words were deemed subversive. As a result, he was arrested by the Inquisition and exiled to Spain - only to escape and spend 10  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Biography
Named Person: José Servando Teresa de Mier Noriega y Guerra; José Servando Teresa de Mier Noriega y Guerra
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: José Servando Teresa de Mier Noriega y Guerra; Susana Rotker; Helen R Lane
ISBN: 0195106733 9780195106732 0195106741 9780195106749
OCLC Number: 37675819
Description: lxiv, 242 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Series Editors' General Introduction --
Note on the Author --
Chronology of the Author --
Note on the Text --
Editor's Introduction --
The Memoirs of Fray Servando Teresa de Mier.
Series Title: Library of Latin America.
Other Titles: Memorias.
Responsibility: Fray Servando Teresa de Mier ; translated from the Spanish by Helen Lane ; edited and with an introduction by Susana Rotker.
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"On December 12, 1794, Fray Servando preached a sermon in Mexico City claiming that the Indies had been converted by St. Thomas long before the Spaniards arrived. Because the Spanish cited the "conversion of the heathen" as the justification of their conquest of the New World, Servando's words were deemed subversive. As a result, he was arrested by the Inquisition and exiled to Spain - only to escape and spend 10 years traveling throughout Europe, as none other than a French priest." "So began the grand adventure of Fray Servando's life, and of this gripping memoir. Here is an invitation hard for any reader to resist: a glimpse of the European "Age of Enlightenment" through the eyes of a fugitive Mexican friar. Fray Servando's account of Europe is clear-sighted, hilarious and certainly not included in the travel literature of that era. In this memoir, one sees a portrait of manners and morals that is a far cry from the 'civilized' spirit that the Empire wanted to impose on its Colonies. This book takes a look at history from an upside-down perspective, asking this question: who were the real savages, the colonizers themselves, or the supposed "savages" they were struggling to convert?"--Jacket.

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