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Inspired through a sequence of visions, Francisca de los Apóstoles (1539-after 1578) and her sister Isabella tried in 1573 to prepare a beaterio, a lay group of pious ladies dedicated to the spiritual lifestyles, to supply prayers and penance for the reparation of human sin, specifically these of corrupt clerics. yet their efforts to minister to the bad of Toledo and to name for normal ecclesiastical reform have been met with resistance, first from neighborhood non secular officers and, later, from the Spanish Inquisition. via early 1575, the Inquisitional tribunal in Toledo had bought numerous statements denouncing Francisca from a few of the very girls she had attempted to aid, in addition to from a few of her monetary and non secular sponsors. Francisca used to be ultimately arrested, imprisoned through the Inquisition, and investigated for spiritual fraud.

This booklet comprises what little is understood approximately Francisca—the numerous letters she wrote in addition to the transcript of her trial—and bargains smooth readers a point of view at the distinct position and standing of spiritual girls in sixteenth-century Spain. Chronicling the drama of Francisca's interrogation and her lively yet eventually unsuccessful safety, The Inquisition of Francisca—transcribed from greater than 300 folios and released for the 1st time in any language—will be a priceless source for either experts and scholars of the heritage and faith of Spain within the 16th century.

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