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La sorcière, la sainte et l'illuminée : les pouvoirs féminins en Espagne à travers les procès (1529-1655)

Abstract : Over the Golden Age the witch, the saint and the enlightened take us back to different cultural religious and political portrayals. But being called a witch, a saint or an enlightened is also the results of trials in favour or against women. Their powers depended on the consideration society and the Church granted them in their dealing with the supernatural. The characteristics which are used to define the different types may change according to the various jurisdictions. The way women were considered good or evil during the trials determined their day to day behaviour and their interactions with others. The object of this thesis is to make a comparative analysis between those three illustrations based on case studies. Its aim is to determine the criteria which made a feminine behaviour be judged negatively or positively according to the people involved in the trials: legal authorities, witnesses and the defendants. Thus the first part of the study endeavours to highlight the official characteristics that predetermined and acknowledged each feminine type. In the second part the argument based on the women's trials under study will open the debate on the so called conclusive points that conditioned the criteria for each type. Throughout this part we will pay close attention to the way women connected to the supernatural were perceived in their location and social environment. The thoughts emerging from this second part will then allow us to extend the fields of research onto the comparison between the various speakers taking part in the trials. We need to find out whether significant points can be observed regarding what made a woman guilty or revered.
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Anny Canovas. La sorcière, la sainte et l'illuminée : les pouvoirs féminins en Espagne à travers les procès (1529-1655). Sciences de l'Homme et Société. Université Toulouse le Mirail - Toulouse II, 2008. Français. ⟨tel-00334500⟩



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