Field of the Martyrs - El Campo de los Mártires
AOK: HISTORY - RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE SYSTEMS
Real Life Situation:
Centuries ago, it is (or was) believed that Christian prisoners were tortured in the gloomy dungeons by their Moorish captors. After the reconquista, the prisoners were released. In their honor the Catholic Kings Isabella and Ferdinand chose the martyr’s chapel as the base for a convent in which, fast-forwarding through time, would be lead by the Carmelite monk San Juan de la Cruz.
However, recent historians have cast doubt about these ruins, and claim they might be little more than houses or barns.
First Order Question:
What would be considered good evidence for a historian to conclude that these ruined buildings were actually the scene of torturing and killing?
Second Order Question:
Why do we honour the dead?
Are places of worship based on false premises any less 'holy'?
WOK: EMOTION - MEMORY - PERCEPTION - FAITH