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220 Chapter Three Castilian

by Jose Hinojosa Montalvo
220 Chapter Three Castilian blancas and half a quintal of  billó. 95 The  melting was effected in the city of Valencia. We do not know whether the Jewish silversmiths aroused the animosity of the Christians because of their competition; the Jews of Morvedre practicing this profession did suffer abuse from the residents of the neighbouring Moorish quarters when they went to sell their silver  de sotil ley ( low weight silver) there in 1442. Before the danger these silversmiths agreed to halt sales of silver in these Moorish quarters or other places of the kingdom unless the said silver bore the mark of Valencia or the ounce was worth twelve reales. It was hoped that the Jewish silversmiths of Castellón, Burriana and other towns would adhere to this decision. At the same time they requested protection from the baile general,  who dictated the appropriate measures to his deputy of Morvedre. 9 6 This hostility, which seems to have had purely material roots as regards to quality and price, and not religious roots, did not pose an obstacle to the brilliant development of silver work in the Jewish quarters of the late Middle Ages, to the extent that in 1465 the Jewish silversmiths of Morvedre themselves drew up a list of ordinances for their internal use — an intended guild, of which we know nothing else — but these were suspended by the baile general who was greatly angered by the fact that they had been prepared without permission. Each one of the signatories was fined 50 florins, and those who  had already made use of the said articles were fined one hundred florins. 97 For the other aljamas there are scant references to this profession. The most interesting is that of the Jews residing in Onda of whom it is said that  uns obren dargent e los altres son sastres ( some work silver and others are tailors). They resided and had their workshops in the suburbs of the town. 9 8 One may suppose that in Castellón and in Burriana, mentioned explicitly in a document of 1442, the practice of silver work also reached great heights. Another activity in which Jewish specialists excelled, particularly prior to 1391, was the binding and sale of books. The city of Valencia was the most important centre. This work was continued by a series of Conversos, such as Simón de Carcasona, who sold and bound books for the Bailia and other 95 ARV, Maestre Racional, 81, fol. 175r. 177 and  Maestre Racional, 82 fol. 175r. See doc.  703. 96 ARV, Bailía, 1149, fol. 150v. See doc. 467. 97 ARV, Bailía, 1153, fol. 662v. See  doc. 657. 98 ARV, Bailia, 1151, fol. 69r.   Chapter Home | TOC 9  | Index 9 t t t t

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220 Chapter Three Castilian blancas and half a quintal of \\" billó\\". 95 The melting was effected in the city of Valencia. We do not know whether the Jewish silversmiths aroused the animosity of the Christians because of their competition; the Jews of Morvedre practicing this profession did suffer abuse from the residents of the neighbouring Moorish quarters when they went to sell their silver \\" de sotil ley\\" ( low weight silver) there in 1442. Before the danger these silversmiths agreed to halt sales of silver in these Moorish quarters or other places of the kingdom unless the said silver bore the mark of Valencia or the ounce was worth twelve reales. It was hoped that the Jewish silversmiths of Castellón, Burriana and other towns would adhere to this decision. At the same time they requested protection from the baile general, who dictated the appropriate measures to his deputy of Morvedre. 9 6 This hostility, which seems to have had purely material roots as regards to quality and price, and not religious roots, did not pose an obstacle to the brilliant development of silver work in the Jewish quarters of the late Middle Ages, to the extent that in 1465 the Jewish silversmiths of Morvedre themselves drew up a list of ordinances for their internal use — an intended guild, of which we know nothing else — but these were suspended by the baile general who was greatly angered by the fact that they had been prepared without permission. Each one of the signatories was fined 50 florins, and those who had already made use of the said articles were fined one hundred florins. 97 For the other aljamas there are scant references to this profession. The most interesting is that of the Jews residing in Onda of whom it is said that \\" uns obren d'argent e los altres son sastres\\" ( some work silver and others are tailors). They resided and had their workshops in the suburbs of the town. 9 8 One may suppose that in Castellón and in Burriana, mentioned explicitly in a document of 1442, the practice of silver work also reached great heights. Another activity in which Jewish specialists excelled, particularly prior to 1391, was the binding and sale of books. The city of Valencia was the most important centre. This work was continued by a series of Conversos, such as Simón de Carcasona, who sold and bound books for the Bailia and other 95 ARV, Maestre Racional, 81, fol. 175r. 177 and Maestre Racional, 82 fol. 175r. See doc. 703. 96 ARV, Bailía, 1149, fol. 150v. See doc. 467. 97 ARV, Bailía, 1153, fol. 662v. See doc. 657. 98 ARV, Bailia, 1151, fol. 69r. << Chapter >> Home | TOC 9 | Index 9 t t t t
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