Bullfighting, the Basque Clergy, and Tridentine Reform

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The post-Council of Trent court records for the diocese of Pamplona (northern Iberia) record numerous and ongoing incidents of clergy accused of running with and fighting bulls. Placed within the context of efforts to implement Tridentine and Catholic reform in the diocese, contemporaneous lay legal actions, and conflicting ideas of appropriate gendered behavior and professionalism of the clergy, these episodes illuminate how parishioners effectively used the court system and crafted accusations to promote local interests and punish unpopular priests.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)489-526
Number of pages38
JournalRenaissance Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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