Date Thesis Awarded


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Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)




Lu Ann Homza

Committee Members

Nicholas Seth Popper

Erin Minear


The Zugarramurdi Witch-Hunts, which lasted from 1609 to 1612 left many well-read inquisitorial documents in their wake. Most of the best studied documents are those written by Inquisitor Alonso Salazar Frias whose views on witchcraft and its veracity within the court of law were upheld by the Suprema of the Spanish Inquisition in 1614. However, one neglected document, labeled MSS Codice L. 3 in the Archivo Real y General de Navarra, outlines a different approach to understanding and verifying witchcraft. This document, el cauderno, contains the arguments and beliefs of Inquisitors Alonso Becerra Holguin and Juan de Valle Alvarado. This senior honors thesis attempts to outline the beliefs and argumentative techniques of these two men in the context of the witch-hunt, the Spanish Inquisition, and other popular and elite beliefs.

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Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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