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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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The King’s Forgiveness

The King’s Forgiveness

Earthly Intercessions and Legal Culture

(p.85) Chapter Three The King’s Forgiveness
Fatal Love

Victor M. Uribe-Uran

Stanford University Press

Looks at excuses murderers could use to reduce their sentences, in particular those derived from drinking and other mitigating factors. It examines also the favorable treatment granted to Indians, and the extensive use of royal pardons. The chapter argues that forgiveness was essential to the image and legitimacy of the Spanish monarchy and strategic to its hegemonic control over society.

Keywords:   Drinking, alcohol, insanity, rage, Indians, royal celebrations, indulto, pardon, jail visits

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