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The Unheard Voice of Law in Bartolom茅 de Las Casas's Brev铆sima Relaci贸n de la Destruici贸n de las Indias
The Unheard Voice of Law in Bartolom茅 de Las Casas's Brev铆sima Relaci贸n de la Destruici贸n de las Indias
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The Unheard Voice of Law in Bartolom茅 de Las Casas's Brev铆sima Relaci贸n de la Destruici贸n de las Indias

David T. Orique
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The Unheard Voice of Law in Bartolom茅 de Las Casas's Brev铆sima Relaci贸n de la Destruici贸n de las Indias

David T. Orique
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The Unheard Voice of Law in Bartolom茅 de las Casas's Brev铆sima relaci贸n de la destruici贸n de las Indias reinterprets Las Casas's controversial treatise as a legal document, whose legal character is linked to civil and ecclesial genres of the Early Modern and late Renaissance juridical tradition.

Bartolom茅 de las Casas proclaimed: "I have labored to inquire about, study, and discern the law; I have plumbed the depths and have reached the headwaters." The Unheard Voice also plumbs the depths of Las Casas's voice of law in his widely read and highly controversial Brev铆sima relaci贸n 鈥攁 legal document published and debated since the 16th century. This original reinterpretation of his Very Brief Account uncovers the juridical approach voiced in his defense of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas. The Unheard Voice innovatively asserts that the Brev铆sima relaci贸n 's legal character is intimately linked to civil and ecclesial genres of the late Renaissance juridical tradition. This paradigm-shifting book contextualizes the formation of Las Casas's juridical voice in canon law and theology鈥攊nitially as a secular cleric, subsequently as a Dominican friar, and finally as a diocesan bishop鈥攁nd demonstrates how his experienced juridical voice fought for justice in trans-Atlantic debates about Indigenous peoples' level of humanity, religious freedom, enslavement, and conquest. Reaching the headwaters of Las Casas's hitherto unheard juridical voice of law in the Brev铆sima relaci贸n provides readers with a previously unheard interpretation鈥攁n appealing voice for readers and students of this powerful Early Modern text that still resonates today.

The Unheard Voice of Law is a valuable companion text for many in the disciplines of literature, history, theology, law, and philosophy who read Bartolom茅 de las Casas's Very Brief Account and study his life, labor, and legacy.

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Publisher
Taylor and Francis
Year
2021
ISBN
9781000365351
Topic
History
Subtopic
World History
Edition
1

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