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20 Chapter One to do

by Jose Hinojosa Montalvo
20 Chapter One to do so in the synagogue where, in addition to the royal officials, only some preachers and a number of Christians determined by the  authority, would be present. The aim of all this was to avoid scandals. 17 On June 18th, Alfonso ordered his brother, the Infante Don Juan, governor general, to ensure fulfilment of all the stipulations of the said decree. 18 Nevertheless, notes Baer, apart from the Conversos, the Jews henceforth ceased to have any influence on political life in the Crown  of Aragon; there remained a few doctors in the service of the King. 19 These protectionist measures of Alfonso V had an immediate repercussion and the Valencian aljamas in this second decade of the fourteen hundreds, began to progress; with the stabilization of the Jewish status, they led thereafter a calm, ordered life, with no events worthy of mention apart perhaps from their anxiety regarding the Conversos of Orihuela in the middle of the century. This was the general tone for Valencian Jewry, although we find a new crisis in the 1470 s, an impoverishment of the Jewish communities, particularly in the Castellon Plana; some, such as Villarreal or Burriana, went into a process of decline which could not be curbed, and which ended practically with their disappearance at the time of the expulsion. The nearby aljama of Morvedre benefitted from this, since the Jews of la Plana emigrated there. In fact, in 1492, the only really important communities were Jätiva and Morvedre. The Jews of Valencia never again attained the importance and splendour that were theirs before 1391, and their role in the economy and society of the kingdom was minimal. Let us examine the organization of Valencian Jewish society in the X V century. 17 18 19 ACA, Cancilleria real, Reg. 2590, fol. 170r- 172r. See  doc. 306. ACA, Cancilleria real, Reg.  2590, fol. 172r- v. See doc.  307. Y. Baer, op. ext., p. 504. Chapter Home  | TOC 9 | Index 9 t t t

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20 Chapter One to do so in the synagogue where, in addition to the royal officials, only some preachers and a number of Christians determined by the authority, would be present. The aim of all this was to avoid scandals. 17 On June 18th, Alfonso ordered his brother, the Infante Don Juan, governor general, to ensure fulfilment of all the stipulations of the said decree. 18 Nevertheless, notes Baer, apart from the Conversos, the Jews henceforth ceased to have any influence on political life in the Crown of Aragon; there remained a few doctors in the service of the King. 19 These protectionist measures of Alfonso V had an immediate repercussion and the Valencian aljamas in this second decade of the fourteen hundreds, began to progress; with the stabilization of the Jewish status, they led thereafter a calm, ordered life, with no events worthy of mention apart perhaps from their anxiety regarding the Conversos of Orihuela in the middle of the century. This was the general tone for Valencian Jewry, although we find a new crisis in the 1470' s, an impoverishment of the Jewish communities, particularly in the Castellon Plana; some, such as Villarreal or Burriana, went into a process of decline which could not be curbed, and which ended practically with their disappearance at the time of the expulsion. The nearby aljama of Morvedre benefitted from this, since the Jews of la Plana emigrated there. In fact, in 1492, the only really important communities were Jätiva and Morvedre. The Jews of Valencia never again attained the importance and splendour that were theirs before 1391, and their role in the economy and society of the kingdom was minimal. Let us examine the organization of Valencian Jewish society in the X V century. 17 18 19 ACA, Cancilleria real, Reg. 2590, fol. 170r- 172r. See doc. 306. ACA, Cancilleria real, Reg. 2590, fol. 172r- v. See doc. 307. Y. Baer, op. ext., p. 504. << Chapter >> Home | TOC 9 | Index 9 t t t
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