SCSC Report: Wasserman on the Index

The last paper from the 2010 Sixteenth Century Studies Conference that I will present is Daniel I. Wasserman Soler, “The Shifting Fortunes fo the Vernacular and the Spanish Index of Prohibited Books.” Wasserman refutes the idea that the inquisitors in charge of the Index in Spain were capricious and inconsistent in the vernacular books they placed on the Index. Instead, he argues that inquisitors were consistently concerned about provocative (or unorthodox) religious ideas put into the vernacular, but their response varied according to the seriousness of the case: prohibition, emendation, or requiring licenses to read the suspect material. In other words, the varying judgments passed on vernacular vernacular religious printed matter was evidence not of ham-fistedness, but of nuance and subtlety.


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Scott Taylor is an associate professor in the history department at the University of Kentucky.


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