From Muslim to Christian Granada Inventing a City's Past

From Muslim to Christian Granada Inventing a City's Past in Early Modern Spain The Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science In 1492 Granada the last independent Muslim city on the Iberian Peninsula fell to the Catholic forces of Ferdinand and Isabella A century later in 1595 treasure hunters unearthed some curious lead tablets inscribed in Arabic The tablets documented the evangelization of Granada in the first century AD by St Cecilio the city's first bishop Granadinos greeted these curious documents known as the plomos and the human remains accompanying them as proof that their city best known as the last outpost of Spanish Islam was in truth Iberia's most ancient Christian settlement Critics however pointed to the documents' uestionable doctrinal content and historical anachronisms In 1682 the pope condemned the plomos as forgeriesFrom Muslim to Christian Granada explores how the people of Granada created a new civic identity around these famous forgeries Through an analysis of the sermons ceremonies histories maps and devotions that developed around the plomos it examines the symbolic and mythological aspects of a new historical terrain upon which Granadinos located themselves and their city Discussing the ways in which one local community's collective identity was constructed and maintained this work complements ongoing scholarship concerning the development of communal identities in modern Europe Through its focus on the intersections of local religion and local identity it offers new perspectives on the impact and implementation of Counter Reformation Catholicism

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