A public ceremony during which the sentences upon those brought before the Spanish Inquisition were read and after which the sentences were executed by the secular authorities. The ceremonies… were normally staged in the city plaza, often in the presence of royalty. They usually comprised a lengthy procession, a solemn mass, an oath of obedience to the Inquisition, a sermon, and the reading of the sentences.
This is a scene reimagined in ‘Act of Faith’, the first of Isabella Hawkins’ adventures.
Not your average alphabet book! This is Juan de Yciar’s calligraphy manual, first published in Spain in 1548 and shown here in an edition of 1566. Yciar’s work uses woodcuts to instruct the reader in various forms of calligraphy and ornament, elevating handwriting to an art form in a time when everyday script was being superseded by print.
(Notice anything familiar about that capital M?)
Icíar, Juan de, b. 1523? Libro subtilissimo por el qual se ensena a escreuir y contar p[er]fectamete el qual lleua el mesmo orden que lleua vn-maestro con su dicipulo ([Saragossa?] : Impreso a costas de Miguel de Suelues … , 1566). MERLIN catalog record