1593 Inquisition Document against Alberto del Canto by Pablo Gongora

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I would like to share the second set of Inquisition charges against Alberto del Canto. I retrieved these along with the 1589 set of Inquisition manuscripts from the former prison in Mexico City now it’s national archives known as the Palacio de Lecumberri.

The 1593 Inquisition manuscript is a lengthier and more detailed charge against Alberto del Canto than the 1589 complaint. It covers more about the affair between Canto and the wife of Diego de Montemayor which by this time had escalated to uxoricide. It also includes new allegations of misbehavior by Canto.

Various books and websites have used the Inquisition documents to levy a range of different sets of accusations against Canto. Hopefully the full manuscripts linked below  and a transcription of portions of the manuscript will help clarify some of the misconceptions.

1589 Inquisition Manuscripts:  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSD2-HPP5?cat=31792

1593 Inquisition Manuscripts:  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSD2-C9CZ-S?cat=31792

The photocopies I took of this second set of manuscripts from the old microfilm were not as easy to read as the first set. The manuscripts available via family-search in white page are easier to read than my dark copy so I have included those in these images. This set of documents are two folios, large portions are dedicated to Canto. The portions dedicated to Canto are boxed red.

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2 thoughts on “1593 Inquisition Document against Alberto del Canto by Pablo Gongora

  1. Hello Brother-
    Would you be able to translate? With a photo it is impossible to ‘cut and paste’ in order to use a translation program. Much appreciated you hard work!
    Thomas Montemayor Conshohocken PA USA

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  2. Muy interesante información, esto que nos mandas ya lo había escuchado, pero con estos documentos se comprueba que la relación entre Alberto del Canto y Juana Porcallo de la Zerda, si se dio y luego se casó con Estefanía su hija porque Diego Mató a Juana por haberlo engañado con Del Canto. muchísimas gracias por esta información, cuídense mucho DIOS LOS BENDIGA.

    PD. Hay un documento que no he encontrado donde entre la gente que andaba Carvajal había una mujer que estaba pariendo y creían que el Bebé que venía era el Mesías por todo lo que les estaba pasando con la Inquisición, en ese documento aparece Justa Méndez. no se si lo tengas?
    es otra de las cosas interesantes que están por descubrirse.

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