Resumen del Libro
Record of judicial proceedings in Granada concerning a case against Juan de Flores for false documentation of authentic antiquities which he allegedly had excavated from the Albaicín neighborhood of Granada between 1754 and 1763, artifacts which he had fabricated himself. In addition, Flores had produced documents which falsely confirmed his familys ownership of certain properties, and privileges of nobility. And finally, Flores was charged with fraud when he put forward documentation falsely justifying the ecclesiastical tax known as the Voto de Santiago after this tax had been shown to be fraudulent and illegal, based as it was on the so-called Battle of Clavijo, a battle which had actually never taken place (see Representación contra el pretendido Voto de Santiago que hace al Rey Nuestro Señor D. Carlos III el Duque de Arcos, printed by Joaquín Ibarra in Madrid in 1771). Implicated along with Flores were Luis Francisco de Viana y Bustos, canon of the Iglesia Colegial del Sacromonte, a priest, Cristóbal Conde, one of de Vianas disciples, another clergyman of Sacromonte, Padre Juan Ramón Velázquez de Echevarría, and a group of artists and artesans, including the painter Lorenzo Marín and engraver Manuel Rivera. Flores was sentenced to prison on March 6, 1777, all false artifacts were destroyed, the excavated ruins were buried, and the entire excavation zone was sealed off. For a detailed analysis of this case, see La Granada falsificada, el pícaro Juan de Flores / Margarita Orfila [and 4 others]. Granada: Diputación de Granada, 2012 (available online).
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