The Life and Trial of Maria Duran
August 15, 2013
by Laurence Georgin
One of Dr Francois Soyer’s research interests focuses on ideas about gender and sexuality in the early modern Iberian world (Spain, Portugal and their respective empires). He is particularly interested in the responses and reactions to female homosexuality. He is currently writing a book on the life and trial of Maria Duran, a Catalan woman, transvestite and lesbian who was arrested and prosecuted by the Portuguese Inquisition in 1741-1744.