Alexandra Cook’s and Noble Cook’s text, Good Faith and Truthful Ignorance, traced the lives of an early settler of the New World and his two wives. The authors’ purpose in writing this book was to provide modern readers with a “mirror of a segment of Spanish society in the sixteenth century, the middle class and minor nobility” (Cook xii). The authors explored all facets of this society: their values and customs, legal structure, their economy, and their home life.The authors wove together the story of this man’s life with other historical background information, legal procedures, and the social mores of the time so skillfully that the reader did not become bogged down in mundane details. The writing was lively and interesting; it kept the reader in suspense as the court case unfolded. Although the trial for bigamy was the main theme of the book, the authors inserted other instances of Spanish laws into the text, such as the family of a murdered man may make claims against the estate of the person who murdered him (Cook 2).In unraveling the trial of Francisco Noguerol, the authors related many aspects of Spanish society, such as the power and control widowed women were… Read full this story
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