Cofradía
(761 words)

The Spanish and Portuguese term cofradía (from Latin confraternitas) denotes a fraternity (or brotherhood) within the overseas colonial societies. These lay brotherhoods originated in early medieval Europe. With a few geographically and chronologically motivated variations, the system of brotherhoods developed in the Iberian Peninsula in much the same way as elsewhere in Europe. They played an especially important role in the Reconquista (the reconquest of the Islamicized portions of the Iberian Peninsula by Christians) and the associated rechristianization (Christiani…

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Bechtloff, Dagmar, “Cofradía”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 15 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_018105>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206



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