Original records of 93 trials from the
archives of the Holy Office of the Inquisition in Mexico.
The Mexican Inquisition was an extension of the institution in Spain which had been
originated by the papal bull of Sixtus IV in 1478. The Supreme Council of the
Spanish Inquisition originally controlled both the local tribunals in Spain and
those in the colonies. In 1571 the Holy Office was established as a separate body in
Mexico. The purpose was to detect and try heretics or persons guilty of any offense
against the church (including violations by priests) and to investigate the blood
lines and genealogy of individuals aspiring to positions of trust in the Church or
49 volumes, 8 boxes, 4 facsimiles
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