Salvatierra de los Barros is a municipality of around 1,600 people. The town has a fortess constructed at the end of the fifteenth century.
A 30-year-old slave woman named Francisca from Salvatierra de los Barros went before the Inquisition for having sex with two women. She had thought it was a minor, venial sin and not a huge deal as the priest she saw for confession only asked about sexual relations with men. She was given 200 lashes in Salvatierra de los Barros as she committed the crime there, given another 200 lashes in Llerena where the Inquisitorial District was based. Francisca faced further punishment of perpetual and her master could further punish her as he saw fit.
Given the culture of the time, responsibility to her master likely included not just housework but likely sex work, with many female slaves having two or three children with their masters; the baptismal records of these children said the father was unknown. This process of siring children on female slaves allowed masters to have a new generation of slaves without having to pay for them. When the female slave was banished, the master often accompanied her to the edge of town and then further flogged her and then put her up for sale so he could try to recover the cost of the slave. Her new master would often then use her the same way, for housework and for sexual activity.
Levante is a Spanish language romantic fiction published in 2009 by Carmen Losa. The story of a relationship between two women takes place in Salvatierra de los Barros against the back drop of the Civil War.
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