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Fatal LoveSpousal Killers, Law, and Punishment in the Late Colonial Spanish Atlantic$
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Victor Uribe-Uran

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780804794633

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804794633.001.0001

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God’s Forgiveness

God’s Forgiveness

Heavenly Intercessions

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(p.151) Chapter Five God’s Forgiveness
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Fatal Love
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Victor M. Uribe-Uran

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804794633.003.0005

Examines legal mechanisms whereby the Catholic church sheltered spousal murderers and other criminals and the King acted as God’s proxy to extend pardon to criminals during the Catholic Holy Week. It also shows the central role of the church in the alleviation of punishment and the accompaniment of those marching to the gallows. It establishes that forgiveness was thus also critical to the legitimacy of the Church and its hegemony, both a complementary and competing force relative to the monarchy.

Keywords:   Canon law, Catholic Church, iglesia, criminals, pardon, Good Friday, sanctuary, asilo, charity

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