Distância, conversão e episcopado. Raízes da especificidade dos comissários do Santo Ofício no Estado da Índia

Translated title of the contribution: Distance, conversion, and episcopacy. On the origins of the specificity of the commissioners of the Holy Office in the Estado da Índia

Miguel Rodrigues Lourenço*

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Abstract

Over the last two decades, the historiography that focused on the solutions for representation of the inquisitorial tribunals in their diverse peripheries paid special attention to the role played by the commissioners of the Holy Office. The commissioners nominated to operate in non-peninsular settings (particularly Brazil and the Estado da Índia) were the object of particular analysis. In these cases, historiography highlighted a wide array of faculties and capacities when compared to their homologues in the kingdom of Portugal, specially the ones operating in the district of the Inquisition of Goa. Here, commissioners even benefited from faculties to absolve some offences in foro conscientiæ and sometimes even judicially. This proposal undertakes to reflect what might have motivated such departure from the profile of the Portuguese commissioner; whether it was, according to some texts, the dimension of the Goa Inquisition's district; whether, according to other sources, the qualities of the newly-converted population that was subjected to the jurisdiction of this tribunal. Finally, we will seek to determine the consequences of the attribution of a specific judicial space to the episcopate in dioceses with more dynamic missions for the diversity of the models of inquisitorial vigilance in the Estado da Índia.
Translated title of the contributionDistance, conversion, and episcopacy. On the origins of the specificity of the commissioners of the Holy Office in the Estado da Índia
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)63-89
Number of pages27
JournalRevista de História da Sociedade e da Cultura
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Dec 2022

Keywords

  • Commissioners of the Holy Office
  • Conversion
  • Distance
  • Goa Inquisition

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