The University of Oklahoma Press is releasing soon a new book on Fray Junípero Serra by Robert M. Senkewicz and Rose Marie Beebe and SBMAL will be hosting the authors on Saturday April 11, 2015 for a talk and book signing event. Stay tuned for more details!
Robert Senkewicz, a Professor of History, and Rose Marie Beebe a Professor of Spanish Literature, “interpret Junípero Serra neither as a saint nor as the personification of the Black Legend. They recount his life from his birth in a small farming village on Mallorca. They detail his experiences in central Mexico and Baja California, as well as the tumultuous fifteen years he spent as founder of the California missions. Serra’s Franciscan ideals are analyzed in their eighteenth century context, which allows readers to understand more fully the differences and similarities between his world and ours. Combining history, culture, and linguistics, this new study conveys the power and nuance of Serra’s voice and, ultimately, his impact on history.”
Follow the link below for more information from the publishers.