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Byzantion nea hellás

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GONZALEZ RINCON, Manuel. Anticlerical sexual criticism in Bergadís' Apokopos: the Sollicitatio during confession. Byzantion nea hellás [online]. 2010, n.29, pp.113-133. ISSN 0718-8471.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-84712010000100008.

This article tries to elucídate one of the anticlerical critiques that seem to be latent behind certain allusions and indirect insinuations in Bergadís' Apókopos: the offence of solicitation, that is, of drawing the faithful (in this case the widows) into acts of lust during the confession by the priests, probably Franciscan friars. To do this, I rely mainly on the scholarly studies in the preserved documents in the prosecutions of these offences by the Tribunal of the Spanish Inquisition during the 17* and 18* centuries, considering that solicitation seems to have been an inherited and endemic behaviour since medieval times.

Keywords : Apókopos; Bergadís; anticlericalism; Franciscan friars; sollicitatio ad turpia; solicitation; confession.

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