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Forging the Past

Invented Histories in Counter-Reformation Spain
by Katrina B. Olds
Yale Univ Pr

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Pub Date: 2015
Format: Hardback with bw illus.
Pages: 422 pp.
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 inches

ISBN: 9780300185225
TB Code: 1805482
Availability: 7 in stock

In this fascinating study, Katrina B. Olds explores the history, author, and legacy of one of the world’s most compelling and consequential frauds. The book examines how a relatively obscure Jesuit priest so successfully fabricated a set of supposedly historical documents that they were accepted as authentic for generation after generation. The chronicles’ influence was so powerful, in fact, that they continued to shape scholarly discourse, religious practice, and local heritage throughout Spain well into the twentieth century, despite having been debunked as forgeries in the eighteenth. Olds’s fascinating analysis brings together intellectual, cultural, religious, and political history while reinvigorating an ongoing debate on the uses and abuses of history and the nature of historical and religious truth.