In the 16th and 17th centuries, witch-hunting in Spain’s northern kingdom of Navarre invariably began with incidents involving children as both victims and actors. In “Child Witches in Navarre, 1550-1620: Law, Religion, and Families,” Homza examines the often-contradictory meanings of child witches in the realms of law, religion, and village life. Her presentation highlights a hitherto unknown source, a 1611-12 trial from the village of Olague, which was only discovered in 2014.
Prof. Lu Ann Homza is the Dean for Educational Policy and Professor of History at William & Mary. She is the author of Religious Authority in the Spanish Renaissance (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000) and The Spanish Inquisition, 1478-1614: An Anthology of Sources (Hackett Publishing Company, 2006). Her current book project studies the cultural confrontations between Spanish inquisitors and Navarrese justices and villagers in the early 17th century.
This lecture is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Stella K. Darrow Professorship in Catholic Studies; the Religious Studies Program; the History Department; and the Children’s Studies Minor in the Center for the Humanities. For more information please contact email@example.com.