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The Inquisition of Francisca: A Sixteenth-Century Visionary on Trial

Francisca de los Apóstoles


Inspired by a series of visions, Francisca de los Apóstoles (1539–after 1578) and her sister Isabella attempted in 1573 to organize a beaterio, a lay community of pious women devoted to the religious life, to offer prayers and penance for the reparation of human sin, especially those of corrupt clerics. But their efforts to minister to the poor of Toledo and to call for general ecclesiastical reform were met with resistance, first from local religious officials and, later, from the Spanish Inquisition. By early 1575, the Inquisitional tribunal in Toledo had received several statements denounci ... More

Keywords: beaterio, lay community, pious women, prayers, penance, reparation, human sin, Toledo, ecclesiastical reform, Spanish Inquisition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780226142227
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226142258.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Francisca de los Apóstoles, author