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254 Chapter Four its

by Jose Hinojosa Montalvo
254 Chapter Four its fatal sequels. It ravaged the aljama to such an extent that difficulties were encountered in finding people able to fill the offices of the aljama, and the King had to intervene on July 18th 1392. On December 1st 1391 he had ordered that each year sixteen persons would be elected to govern the aljama; of these two would be adelantados, a third would be their assistant, a clavario and the other twelve counsellors. Now, due to the epidemic, the number of persons apt for these offices was vastly reduced, and there were not enough residents to supply them. The baile of the town ordered a new census of the Jews who could  discharge them, to prevent chaos and disorganization in the aljama. 46 It was in 1392 and 1394 that the monarchy attempted to put the Morvedre aljama back on its feet. A series of edicts favouring them with the most diverse privileges were dictated. On November 25th a general pardon was granted to all the Jews of Morvedre for any crime committed, excepting, as already known, those of counterfeiters, treason, etc., and two individuals: Salomón and Maimón Tello, accused of not having paid the pecha  and of other offenses qualified as  enormous ( enormibus criminibus). 41 Another  similar pardon was granted on May 25th 1393 in exchange for 180 florins given to the King by the Jews. 48 On that day, too, all the Jews of the town, with their households and properties, were placed under his protection. Any injury by the authorities and individuals  was expressly forbidden, on pain of one thousand gold morabatinos. 49 In 1392, on November 22nd, and at the request of the Jews residing in the town and fortress of Morvedre, the King authorized them to make their testaments, codicils and other contracts with the notary of their choice, Jew or Christian, thus repealing a former provision given in Monzó on September 21st 1389 whereby, and in order to avoid any abuses in loans, it was stipulated that any notarial instrument  must be made obligatorily before the notary established in the aljama. 50 Perhaps  the Jews who drew up the articles of the marital dowry in Segorbe, as mentioned above, before a Christian notary, were from Morvedre. 46 ACA, Cancillería real, Reg. 1852, fol. 149r. See doc. 78. 47 ACA, Cancillería real, Reg. 1904, fol. 102v- 103r. See doc. 112. 48 ACA, Cancillería real, Reg. 1905, fol. 81v- 82r. See  doc. 169. 49 ACA, Cancillería real, Reg. 1899, fol. 106r- v. 50 ACA, Cancillería real, Reg. 1882, fol. 37r- 38v. See  doc. 106.   Chapter Home | TOC 9 | Index 9 t t t t t

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254 Chapter Four its fatal sequels. It ravaged the aljama to such an extent that difficulties were encountered in finding people able to fill the offices of the aljama, and the King had to intervene on July 18th 1392. On December 1st 1391 he had ordered that each year sixteen persons would be elected to govern the aljama; of these two would be adelantados, a third would be their assistant, a clavario and the other twelve counsellors. Now, due to the epidemic, the number of persons apt for these offices was vastly reduced, and there were not enough residents to supply them. The baile of the town ordered a new census of the Jews who could discharge them, to prevent chaos and disorganization in the aljama. 46 It was in 1392 and 1394 that the monarchy attempted to put the Morvedre aljama back on its feet. A series of edicts favouring them with the most diverse privileges were dictated. On November 25th a general pardon was granted to all the Jews of Morvedre for any crime committed, excepting, as already known, those of counterfeiters, treason, etc., and two individuals: Salomón and Maimón Tello, accused of not having paid the pecha and of other offenses qualified as \\" enormous\\" ( enormibus criminibus). 41 Another similar pardon was granted on May 25th 1393 in exchange for 180 florins given to the King by the Jews. 48 On that day, too, all the Jews of the town, with their households and properties, were placed under his protection. Any injury by the authorities and individuals was expressly forbidden, on pain of one thousand gold morabatinos. 49 In 1392, on November 22nd, and at the request of the Jews residing in the town and fortress of Morvedre, the King authorized them to make their testaments, codicils and other contracts with the notary of their choice, Jew or Christian, thus repealing a former provision given in Monzó on September 21st 1389 whereby, and in order to avoid any abuses in loans, it was stipulated that any notarial instrument must be made obligatorily before the notary established in the aljama. 50 Perhaps the Jews who drew up the articles of the marital dowry in Segorbe, as mentioned above, before a Christian notary, were from Morvedre. 46 ACA, Cancillería real, Reg. 1852, fol. 149r. See doc. 78. 47 ACA, Cancillería real, Reg. 1904, fol. 102v- 103r. See doc. 112. 48 ACA, Cancillería real, Reg. 1905, fol. 81v- 82r. See doc. 169. 49 ACA, Cancillería real, Reg. 1899, fol. 106r- v. 50 ACA, Cancillería real, Reg. 1882, fol. 37r- 38v. See doc. 106. << Chapter >> Home | TOC 9 | Index 9 t t t t t
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