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Heretics or Daughters of Israel?The Crypto-Jewish Women of Castile$
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Renée Levine Melammed

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195151671

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151671.001.0001

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Jews and Conversas: The First Century of Crypto-Judaism

Jews and Conversas: The First Century of Crypto-Judaism

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(p.16) 1 Jews and Conversas: The First Century of Crypto-Judaism
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Heretics or Daughters of Israel?
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Renée Levine Melammed

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151671.003.0002

On March 31, 1492, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel signed the infamous edict declaring the expulsion of “Jews and Jeweses” of all the kingdoms. The Edict of Expulsion emphasized the belief that instruction was provided by the Jews to the conversos, especially at gatherings. Analysis of the trials and testimonies reveal that many of the accusations that the Jews induced the New Christians to circumcise their sons, gave them books, told them when to fast, and instructed them in their law, were indeed true.

Keywords:   King Ferdinand, Queen Isabel, Jews and Jeweses, Edict of Expulsion, conversos, New Christians

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