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Thomas A. Foster

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479874545

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479874545.001.0001

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Doña Teresa de Aguilera y Roche before the Inquisition

Doña Teresa de Aguilera y Roche before the Inquisition

The Travails of a Seventeenth-Century Aristocratic Woman in New Mexico

(p.7) 1 Doña Teresa de Aguilera y Roche before the Inquisition
Women in Early America

Ramón A. Gutiérrez

NYU Press

This chapter examines the case of Doña Teresa de Aguilera y Roche, the wife of colonial New Mexico’s governor, Don Bernardo López de Mendizábal, who was jailed by the Holy Office of the Inquisition in the seventeenth century. How she became entangled in the web of the Holy Office of the Inquisition is the complicated story that Ramón A. Gutiérrez tells in this chapter. The Inquisition case against Doña Teresa de Aguilera y Roche gives us a glimpse of the complex public and private life of a worldly, educated, aristocratic woman living in seventeenth-century Santa Fe.

Keywords:   colonial New Mexico, Santa Fe, Inquisition

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