Producing Normative Knowledge Between Salamanca and Michoacán: Alonso de la Vera Cruz and the Rocky Road of Books and Marriage

Thomas Duve, José Luis Egío García, Christiane Birr (eds.), The School of Salamanca: A Case of Global Knowledge Production (Max Planck Studies in Global Legal History of the Iberian Worlds, Vol. 2), Leiden: Brill (Forthcoming)

Max Planck Institute for European Legal History Research Paper Series No. 2020-17

54 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2020

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José Luis Egío García

Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory

Date Written: July 15, 2020

Abstract

Following the methodological premises presented by Thomas Duve (“The School of Salamanca. A Case of Global Knowledge Production”, Max Planck Institute for European Legal History Research Paper Series No. 2020-12), this paper studies the Speculum coniugiorum, written in 1555 by the Augustinian friar Alonso de la Vera Cruz, a student of Francisco de Vitoria in Salamanca and missionary in different regions of Mexico. The example of the Speculum illustrates the different phases of the School of Salamanca’s distinctive process of producing normative knowledge . In particular, some of the many books that Vera Cruz brought to different convents in Michoacán, originally used in the writing process of the Speculum and preserved as "relics" by later generations, are useful sources to illustrate the Salmantine ars inveniendi: from the rigorous selection, reading and compilation of the relevant auctoritates, to the solutions offered to concrete, local and problematic cases. Vera Cruz’s work shows how the European authorities and normativity the author consulted and annotated were translated into the challenging missionary context.

Keywords: School of Salamanca, marriage, book circulation, moral theology, marginalia

Suggested Citation

Egío García, José Luis, Producing Normative Knowledge Between Salamanca and Michoacán: Alonso de la Vera Cruz and the Rocky Road of Books and Marriage (July 15, 2020). Thomas Duve, José Luis Egío García, Christiane Birr (eds.), The School of Salamanca: A Case of Global Knowledge Production (Max Planck Studies in Global Legal History of the Iberian Worlds, Vol. 2), Leiden: Brill (Forthcoming), Max Planck Institute for European Legal History Research Paper Series No. 2020-17, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3675396

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