The inquisitor of the Anahuac

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The Inquisition, contrary to the general popular misconception, is not a Spanish invention, although it does correspond to the Catholic Monarchs, Isabel of Castile and Fernando of Aragon, to have endowed it with their important political power. This “extremely intelligent and terrible institution”, as Judge Tomás y Valiente described it, far from having been cornered, has been copied by all States, especially by those that have led to totalitarian regimes. At the end of the day – says Enrique Barón – from Myanmar to Nicaragua, via Belarus, everyone wants to ensure control of the population and its submission, by degree or by force, to dictatorial power. These totalitarian regimes have ended up degenerating and prostituting the role of their own security services, which exercise their domination over lives and estates in an arbitrary way, degeneration to the limit of secrecy but with the rules of the Inquisition in which all have been inspired.

The inquisitor of the Anahuac, edited by the Autonomous University of Mexico, 274 pages, has led the former president of the European Parliament, Enrique Barón Crespo, twenty years of work, beginning in the 1990s and the numerous debates held with many American intellectuals, but especially with the Mexican Carlos Fuentes.

Barón decides to undertake the development of this novel from the synthesis that Fuentes makes in his book ‘The buried mirror’ on our common dimension, published on the occasion of the V Centenary of the Discovery of America. “I think,” Fuentes said, “that despite all our economic and political ills, we do have something to celebrate. Something that in the midst of all our misfortunes remained standing: our cultural heritage… the one that we have been able to create as descendants of Indians, blacks and Europeans in the New World ”.

Make a career in the Inquisition

The central character of the novel, the young Gabino, converted into Fray Servando, leaves for New Spain to pursue a career as an inquisitor in defense of the faith. He participates in the great process called “great complicity” against the Jews, started in Peru and followed in Mexico. Barón discovers and describes in great detail, thanks to an abundance of documentation, how they live, dress, eat and feel all kinds of passions, the men and women that make up the societies of that great Spanish empire in which it was not Sun. As such the first global power in history, Spain (equivalent then to what the United States is today), faces the ambitions of the powers that aspire to seize the morsels they can. Felipe IV, the Planet King, penultimate of the House of Austria, and his valid Count-Duke of Olivares, thus see how the European wars reach America.

Accustomed and confined to the debate on the conquest and subsequent emancipation of the peoples of America, Enrique Barón brings them a new dimension of his own history. The Inquisition in America will have the same political mission as in Spain: the detection of the spies and agents in charge of undermining its power and facilitating its defeat. And in that role, the designated enemy will be the Jews, expelled in 1492, and whose dispersion throughout Europe, North Africa, the Mediterranean and America, will give rise to the creation of a powerful commercial network, of support and solidarity, that the Netherlands , Portugal, England, France and the Ottoman Empire aspire to put at your service against Spain. In the discovery, detention and delivery to the civil power for their execution of the “Judaizers”, the most refined techniques of espionage and torture will end up being developed.

At the presentation of the book at the Centro Sefarad Israel, by Esther Bendahan and Eva Levi, Enrique Barón declares his pride that today’s Spain has given nationality to 150,000 people who want it due to their Sephardic origin. And he estimates that all empires have their own black legend, not only Spain, whose planetary rule ends in 1640 with the Peace of Westphalia.

The inquisitor of the Anahuac, Enrique Barón

State of a world in turmoil

It was precisely in Münster that the negotiation of that treaty was concluded, watched from the Louvre in Paris by Cardinal Mazarin. The Netherlands and Portugal finally became independent from Spain. While, in the great Mexico City it was dawn when, at noon in Amsterdam, a diligent young Spinoza dedicated himself to perfecting the technique of polishing glasses, his neighbor Rembrandt made a sketch of the Susana Caste, René Descartes argued with the uncompromising Protestant theologian Voët, in the Moluccas the Spanish and Dutch were still fighting, not informed of the events, Oliver Cromwell was preparing in London the trial and execution of Carlos I with the ex-Dominican Thomas Gage in his troops. In Sicily Alesio and in Naples Massaniello rebelled against Spain, in the Alcázar of Madrid Velázquez began one of his many portraits of a hesitant Philip IV, in Beijing the Qing dynasty settled, and in San Miguel Nepantla Juana Asbaje was born in the 19th century. Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz for eternity.

Anahuac, what is located between the waters in the Nahuatl language, designates the valley of Mexico or all of Mesoamerica. One precision among many others in the final glossary of the book of the rich indigenous vocabulary incorporated into the Spanish language, “the only one in the world that has a federative structure,” concludes Enrique Barón at the end of this first presentation of his novel in the Old World, after of the one held at the UNAM, “a cross between the Sorbonne and Salamanca,” according to his own judgment. A book that shows the eternal struggle between overwhelming power and freedom. Direct cause of the author paying homage to the countless victims of intransigence, oppression and fanaticism.

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