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Lives of the Bigamists Marriage, Family, and Community in Colonial Mexico

ISBN-10: 0826323847
ISBN-13: 9780826323842
Edition: 2001 (Abridged)
Authors: Richard Boyer
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 4/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 215
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

This fascinating examination of bigamy in colonial Mexico reveals for the first time the lives, routines, and networks of ordinary people. The author, drawing from his close reading of Inquisition files, situates these people in the web of daily life: in families as they grow up and in communities as they learn the ways of society. With vivid glimpses of courtship, loss of virginity, marriage, adultery, abusive treatment, and failed marriage, he also follows them in their private lives. In the campaign to root out bigamy, the Inquisition relied on people to denounce one another. How they went about this reveals that gossip and curiosity sustained a surer and swifter system of communications than we might have imagined. The many pieces of stories recounted here convey emotions and reactions rarely preserved from past centuries. From a young child enduring abuse and rape by relatives to the wily suitor who tricks his future father-in-law with a tale of lost loot stored in a robber's cave, throughout this volume we hear the voices of hitherto invisible people.

Richard Boyer is professor of history at Simon Fraser University and the author of a book on seventeenth-century Mexico City as well as of a number of articles on colonial Mexico.

Preface to the Dialogos Edition
Acknowledgments to the 1995 Edition
Introductionp. 1
Bigamy and the Inquisitionp. 13
Family and Upbringingp. 31
Marriagep. 61
Married Lifep. 101
Postscript: Social Control, Religion, and Individual Agencyp. 145
Sample of 216 Bigamy Filesp. 163
Glossaryp. 171
Notesp. 173
Indexp. 195
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