The Production of Knowledge of Normativity in the Age of the Printing Press: Martín de Azpilcueta’s Manual de Confessores from a Global Perspective

Manuela Bragagnolo (Hg.)
Max Planck Studies in Global Legal History of the Iberian Worlds 4
Leiden: Brill 2024 XVI, 436 S.

ISSN 2590-3292
ISBN (Hardback): 978-90-04-68578-9
ISBN (e-book): 978-90-04-68704-2

This volume explores the production of knowledge of normativity in the age of early modern globalisation by looking at an extraordinarily pragmatic and normative book: Manual de Confessores, by the Spanish canon law professor Martín de Azpilcueta (1492-1586). Intertwining expertise, methods, and questions of legal history and book history, this book follows the actors and analyses the factors involved in the production, circulation, and use of the Manual, both in printed and manuscript forms, in the territories of the early modern Iberian Empires and of the Catholic Church. It convincingly illustrates the different dynamics related to the materiality of this object that contributed to “glocal” knowledge production.

Contributors are: Samuel Barbosa, Manuela Bragagnolo, Christiane Birr, Luisa Stella de Oliveira Coutinho Silva, Byron Ellsworth Hamann, Idalia García Aguilar, Pedro Guibovich Pérez, Natalia Maillard Álvarez, César Manrique Figueroa, Stuart M. McManus, Yoshimi Orii, David Rex Galindo, Airton Ribeiro, and Pedro Rueda Ramírez.


  • Preface: Coordinates of an Experiment
  • List of Figures and Tables
  • Notes on Contributors
  1. Books and the Production of Knowledge of Normativity in the Early Modern Period: The Case of Martín de Azpilcueta’s Manual de Confessores
    Manuela Bragagnolo
  2. Legal Authorship in the Age of the Printing Press: Manual De Confessores by Martín de Azpilcueta (1492–1586) 
    Manuela Bragagnolo
  3. The Flemish Reeditions of Martín de Azpilcueta’s Works: A Paratextual Study 
    César Manrique Figueroa
  4. Professional Book Trade Networks and Azpilcueta’s Manual in 16th-Century Europe
    Natalia Maillard Álvarez
  5. Translating Normative Knowledge: Martín de Azpilcueta and Jesuits in Portuguese America (16th Century)
    Samuel Barbosa
  6. Sed talentum commissum non abscondere: Moral Obligations of an Author
    Christiane Birr
  7. Martín de Azpilcueta Navarro in the Andes (16th–17th Centuries)
    Pedro Guibovich Perez
  8. Azpilcueta in the Atlantic Book Trade of the Early Modern Period (1583–1700)
    Pedro Rueda Ramírez
  9. The Path of Doctor Navarro in Colonial Mexico: The Circulation of Martín Azpilcueta’s Works
    Idalia García Aguilar
  10. The Presence of Azpilcueta’s Manual de Confessores in Portuguese America (16th to 18th Centuries)
    Airton Ribeiro
  11. Reading Azpilcueta in the Valley of Mexico
    Byron Ellsworth Hamann
  12. Doctor Navarro in the Americas: The Circulation and Use of Martín de Azpilcueta’s Work in Early-Modern Mexico
    David Rex Galindo
  13. Martín de Azpilcueta on Trade and Slavery in Jesuit Legal Manuscripts from Iberian Asia
    Stuart M. McManus
  14. Pietro Alagona’s Compendium Manualis Navarri Published by the Jesuit Mission Press in Early Modern Japan
    Yoshimi Orii
  15. Making Women Sinners: Guilt and Repentance of Converted Japanese Women in the Application of Alagona’s Compendium Manualis Navarri in Japan (16th Century)
    Luisa Stella de Oliveira Coutinho Silva
  • Index
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