Public Lives, Private Secrets: Gender, Honor, Sexuality and Illegitimacy in Colonial Hispanic America

TitlePublic Lives, Private Secrets: Gender, Honor, Sexuality and Illegitimacy in Colonial Hispanic America
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsTwinam, Ann
Number of Pages447
PublisherStanford University Press
CityStanford, CA
Abstract

Throughout the 18th and early-19th centuries, illegitimate offspring of elite families in colonial Spanish America appealed to the Council and C'mara of the Indies in Spain to purchase gracias al sacar legitimations. Their applications provided intimate testimony concerning their own lives, accounts of their parents sexual relationships, and details regarding the impact of illegitimacy within their families and communities. Bourbon officials in Spain debated which petitions merited approval, and in the process forged policies concerning gender, sexuality, illegitimacy, and the family.

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