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36 Chapter Two had a

by Jose Hinojosa Montalvo
36 Chapter Two had a Jewish quarter: Castellon de la Plana, Burriana and the rest of la Plana, Liria, Alcira, Cullera, Jätiva, Gandia and smaller remaining centres. The exception was Morvedre, where most of the Jews remained faithful to their religion. Among the converted were people of high rank and reputation. Jaume Riera i Sans has shown that among them was the most famous Yishaq b. Seset | Perfet, who under pressure from the Infante Don Martin and his officials was  baptized on August 11th 1391, taking the name of Jaime deValencia. 2 0 He  then left for Miliana in North Africa, where he reverted to Judaism and  was rabbi there and in Algiers. Another prominent personage was  el gran don Samuel Abravalla, owner of many estates, including the locality of Vilanova in the marquisate of Llombay. The Marquis of Villena, then in Gandia, was his godfather; the ceremony was celebrated with great solemnity in the royal country seat of En Gasco. He was  named Alfonso Fernandez de Vilanova, after the property in question. 21 Important and socially eminent personages were often the godfathers of a Converso to whom they gave their own name and surname, a fact which implies the existence of previous bonds between both persons and offers them a guarantee of respectability for the future. Examples are the baile general Ramon Soler, the governor Roger de Muncada or the jurado Nicolas de Valldaura. In time, and when the word convers ceased to figure after the name of the individual, it became very difficult to distinguish the new Christian from the old who bore the identical name. The Valencian Conversos in these first times of their new historic course had to face difficult, mainly financial problems, both as individuals and as a group. Many attempted to recover for themselves the properties lost in the sack, an enormously costly task both in time and money, and which was not possible for everyone; procurators were therefore sent in the name of the community to conduct the business before the aurhorities. In June of 1392 the King asked the Conversos of Valencia to confer full negotiating powers on the messengers sent to the court, two of whom returned to Valencia to explain 20 ACA, Cancilleria real, Reg. 2093, fol. 163r- 164r. See doc. 5. A. Hershman, Rabbi Isaac bar Sheshet Perfet and his Times, New York 1943, pp. 31 et  seq. J. Riera i Sans,  El babtisme de rabi Ishaq ben Seset Perfet, Calls 1 ( 1986), pp. 43- 52. 21 E. Vidal Beiträn, op.  cit., p. 70. AMV, Lletres misives, g3- 5. fol. 20v and 23r. F. Dänvila, op. cit. p. 368.   Chapter Home | TOC 9 | Index 9 t t

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36 Chapter Two had a Jewish quarter: Castellon de la Plana, Burriana and the rest of la Plana, Liria, Alcira, Cullera, Jätiva, Gandia and smaller remaining centres. The exception was Morvedre, where most of the Jews remained faithful to their religion. Among the converted were people of high rank and reputation. Jaume Riera i Sans has shown that among them was the most famous Yishaq b. Seset | Perfet, who under pressure from the Infante Don Martin and his officials was baptized on August 11th 1391, taking the name of Jaime de Valencia. 2 0 He then left for Miliana in North Africa, where he reverted to Judaism and was rabbi there and in Algiers. Another prominent personage was \\" el gran don Samuel Abravalla\\", owner of many estates, including the locality of Vilanova in the marquisate of Llombay. The Marquis of Villena, then in Gandia, was his godfather; the ceremony was celebrated with great solemnity in the royal country seat of En Gasco. He was named Alfonso Fernandez de Vilanova, after the property in question. 21 Important and socially eminent personages were often the godfathers of a Converso to whom they gave their own name and surname, a fact which implies the existence of previous bonds between both persons and offers them a guarantee of respectability for the future. Examples are the baile general Ramon Soler, the governor Roger de Muncada or the jurado Nicolas de Valldaura. In time, and when the word convers ceased to figure after the name of the individual, it became very difficult to distinguish the new Christian from the old who bore the identical name. The Valencian Conversos in these first times of their new historic course had to face difficult, mainly financial problems, both as individuals and as a group. Many attempted to recover for themselves the properties lost in the sack, an enormously costly task both in time and money, and which was not possible for everyone; procurators were therefore sent in the name of the community to conduct the business before the aurhorities. In June of 1392 the King asked the Conversos of Valencia to confer full negotiating powers on the messengers sent to the court, two of whom returned to Valencia to explain 20 ACA, Cancilleria real, Reg. 2093, fol. 163r- 164r. See doc. 5. A. Hershman, Rabbi Isaac bar Sheshet Perfet and his Times, New York 1943, pp. 31 et seq. J. Riera i Sans, \\" El babtisme de rabi Ishaq ben Seset Perfet\\", Calls 1 ( 1986), pp. 43- 52. 21 E. Vidal Beiträn, op. cit., p. 70. AMV, Lletres misives, g3- 5. fol. 20v and 23r. F. Dänvila, op. cit. p. 368. << Chapter >> Home | TOC 9 | Index 9 t t
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