El Gran Michoacan en 1791. Sociedad e Ingreso Eclesastico en una Diocesis Novohispana

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Author: Brading, David Anthony (1936- ) and Oscar Mazin

Year: 2009

Publisher: El Colegio de Michoacán and El Colegio de San Luis

Place: Zamora and San Luis Potosi


322 pages with foldout maps laid in, tables, charts and indices. Royal octavo (9" x 6 1/4") bound in original publisher's pictorial wrappers. First edition.

In the eighteenth century the Mexican Church experienced spiritual renewal and intellectual reform. The establishment of Franciscan missionary colleges, of the Oratory, and of convents and sisterhoods was to the great benefit of the diocese of Michoacan. Thriving confraternities demonstrated the vigor of parochial life. But the secular clergy remained divided between a wealthy elite and an impecunious mass of curates and country vicars, with the cathedral chapter dominated by a group of enlightened peninsular canons. Charles III and his successor expelled the Jesuits, secularized mendicant parishes, investigated closely popular religion, stripped the clergy of their immunity from royal courts and then seized their wealth.


Light edge wear else a near fine copy.

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