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By Sara Tilghman Nalle

Convinced he was once the Elijah Messiah, the Spanish peasant Bartolomé
Sánchez believed that God had despatched him in divine retribution for the crimes dedicated by
the Inquisition and the Church. Sánchez's vocal and insupportable spiritual deviance quickly
landed him within the very courtroom he believed he was once despatched to spoil. thankfully for him, the first
inquisitor assigned to his case got here to think that Sánchez used to be now not to blame by way of advantage of
madness, and attempted to assemble the evidence that might retailer his life.

For seven
years, Sánchez shuttled among jails, hospitals, and his domestic village whereas his destiny hung
within the stability. Nalle convincingly inspires the compassion of Sánchez's first inquisitor,
Pedro Cortes, as he struggled to avoid wasting his prisoner's lifestyles, and argues that the Spanish, compared
to different Europeans of the day, have been remarkably rational and humane while facing the
mentally ill.

A gripping story of insanity and non secular conviction, Mad for God
deals new ancient perception into the continuing debate over the character of non secular inspiration,
madness, and legal responsibility.

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