The Memoirs Of Fray Servando Teresa De Mier (Library Of Latin America)
Publish Date: 1998-10-29
Author: Fray Servando Teresa de Mier
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On December 12, 1794, Fray Servando preached a sermon in Mexico City claiming that the Indies had been converted by St. Thomas long before the Spaniards arrived. Because the Spanish cited the conversion of the heathen as the justification of their conquest of the New World, Servandos words were deemed subversive. As a result, he was arrested by the Inquisition and exiled to Spainonly to escape and spend 10 years traveling throughout Europe, as none other than a French priest. So began the grand adventure of Fray Servandos life, and of this gripping memoir. Here is an invitation hard for any reader to resist: a glimpse of the European Age of Enlightenment through the eyes of a fugitive Mexican friar. Fray Servandos account of Europe is clear-sighted, hilarious--and certainly not included in the travel literature of that era. In this memoir, one sees a portrait of manners and morals that is a far cry from the civilized spirit that the Empire wanted to impose on its Colonies. This book takes a look at history from an upside-down perspective, asking this question: who were the real savages, the colonizers themselves, or the supposed savages they were struggling to convert? After ten years, Fray Servando finally returned home to an independent Mexico, where he served the new government before his death. Heretic and rebel, fugitive and visionary, character in a novel and father of his country--Fray Servando Teresa de Mier was all of these things. This memoir truly captures the passionate spirit of a fantastic man.