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Religion in New Spain

Edited by Susan Schroeder
Edited by Stafford Poole C.M.

Religion in New Spain presents an overview of the history of colonial religious culture and encompasses aspects of religion in the many regions of New Spain. The contributors reveal that Spanish conquest was not the end-all of indigenous culture and that the Virgin of Guadalupe was a myth-in-the-making by locals as well as foreigners. Furthermore, nuns and priests had real lives and the institutional colonial church was seldom if ever immune to political or economic influence.

The essays, while varying in subject and content, validate the sheer pervasiveness and importance of religion in colonial Latin America while reiterating its many manifestations. We can now better understand how it was particularized by individuals, groups, and institutions because of the rich, remarkable histories found in this collection.


Susan Schroeder is a France Vinton Scholes Professor of Colonial Latin American History emerita at Tulane University and the author of numerous works relating to colonial Mesoamerican society and politics, religion, resistance, and women.

Stafford Poole, CM, is a Roman Catholic priest of the Congregation of the Mission of Saint Vincent de Paul, Los Angeles, and is a full-time research historian.


Religion in New Spain succeeds brilliantly in . . . highlight(ing) the rich diversity of religious experience in colonial Mexico.”


A Contracorriente

“A welcome addition to any collection focusing on colonial Latin America or religious culture.”



"...a fascinating book."


Catholic Southwest

"A significant contribution to the history of the Church in colonial Mexico."


Catholic Historical Review

"(An) excellent volume. . . . Authors, editors, and the press are to be commended for this fine work."


Hispanic American Historical Review

"This is a carefully edited and attractive volume. . . . Anyone interested in the Hispanic world, Iberia, and Latin America should profit greatly from it."


Sixteenth Century Journal

7 x 10 in. 368 pages 20 halftones, 1 maps, 4 tables