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John K. Moore, Jr
University of Alabama, Birmingham (Birmingham, AL 35294-0002)

The Legal Case of José Soller, Accused of Impersonating a Priest and Other Crimes in 17th-Century Spain: A Bilingual Edition

A bilingual critical edition and scholarly translation of the 17th-century legal case of José Soller, a traveler of African descent prosecuted in Galicia for impersonating a priest.

This project intends an introductory study, critical edition, and scholarly translation of His Majesty’s Prosecutor v. José Soller, Mulatto Pilgrim, for Impersonating a Priest and Other Crimes (El fiscal de Su Majestad contra Jose Soller, peregrino mulato, por fingirse sacerdote y otros delitos), a heretofore unedited and unpublished legal case that dates from 1693 and 1694, is housed in the Archive of the Kingdom of Galicia (Arquivo do Reino de Galicia) in A Coruña, Spain, and is catalogued in the Royal Tribunal of Galicia “Prosecutor’s documents” (letra fiscal) series under file bundle (legajo) 26.339 / 13. My bilingual edition and study will be the first project to treat this intriguing case in a comprehensive and critical manner as the primary object of investigation. An analysis and presentation of the criminal proceedings against José Soller are important as an example of the lived experience of people of black African descent in the early modern Iberian-Atlantic world.

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Project fields:
Legal History; Renaissance History; Spanish Literature


Research Programs

Total amounts:
$33,600 (approved)
$29,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 7/31/2018