Added: September 28, 2013 – Last updated: February 14, 2015


Author: Nicole von Germeten

Title: Violent Delights, Violent Ends

Subtitle: Sex, Race, & Honor in Colonial Cartagena de Indias

Place: Albuquerque, NM

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

Year: 2013

Pages: 328pp.

ISBN-13: 9780826353955 (pbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780826353962 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 17th Century | Colombian History, Spanish History


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Author: Nicole von Germeten, School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, Oregon State University


  Acknowledgments (p. ix)
  Introduction (p. 1)
  Chapter One. Debatable Virginity: Doña Marí­a de Montemayor (p. 19)
  Chapter Two. Love Magic and a Married Woman: Doña Lorenzana de Acereto (p. 31)
  Chapter Three. Violence Sex and Honor (p. 54)
  Chapter Four. Irish Honor on the Spanish Main: Captain Cornelio Cornelius (p. 70)
  Chapter Five. Marriage, Sex, Love and Politics (p. 85)
  Chapter Six. Cartagena's Most Notorious Sorceress: Paula de Eguiluz (p. 103)
  Chapter Seven. Sorcery, Sex and Society in Seventeenth-Century Cartagena (p. 125)
  Chapter Eight. Sex, Dress, and the Inquisition (p. 144)
  Chapter Nine. Violence, Honor and Sex for Sale: Doña Manuela de Andrade (p. 166)
  Chapter Ten. Sex, Love, and Marriage in the Eighteenth Century (p. 191)
  Chapter Eleven. Sex, Scandal, and the Military: Doña Luisa Llerena (p. 207)
  Conclusion (p. 232)
  Notes (p. 239)
  Bibliography (p. 273)
  Index (p. 301)

Description: »This study of sexuality in seventeenth-century Latin America takes the reader beneath the surface of daily life in a colonial city. Cartagena was an important Spanish port and the site of an Inquisition high court, a slave market, a leper colony, a military base, and a prison colony—colonial institutions that imposed order by enforcing Catholicism, cultural and religious boundaries, and prevailing race and gender hierarchies. The city was also simmering with illegal activity, from contraband trade to prostitution to heretical religious practices. Nicole von Germeten’s research uncovers scandalous stories drawn from archival research in Inquisition cases, criminal records, wills, and other legal documents. The stories focus largely on sexual agency and honor: an insult directed at a married woman causes a deadly street battle; a young doña uses sex to manipulate a lustful, corrupt inquisitor. Scandals like these illustrate the central thesis of this book: women in colonial Cartagena de Indias took control of their own sex lives and used sex and rhetoric connected to sexuality to plead their cases when they had to negotiate with colonial bureaucrats.« (Source: University of New Mexico Press)


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