Pious Imperialism

Cornelius Conover ’95 follows the life and afterlife of an accidental martyr, San Felipe de Jésus, to track the global aspirations of imperial Spain. In Pious Imperialism: Spanish Rule and the Cult of Saints in Mexico City (University of New Mexico Press, 2019), Conover analyzes Spanish rule and Catholic practice from the consolidation of Spanish control in the Americas in the 16th century to the loss of these colonies in the 19th century.