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eBook Conversos on Trial. Hispania Judaica, v. 3
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Publisher:  Varda Books
Published:  2009
Language:  English
Pages:   372


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About the Book -- Conversos on Trial. Hispania Judaica, v. 3

Basing on the Inquisition's files, it is a portrait of the Conversos' deep yearning to their Jewish past and the ultimate sacrifice they were prepared to offer for their continued adherence to their ancestral faith

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Contents

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Preface to the English Edition IX

I. THE CONVERSOS, THE INQUISITION AND THE CROWN 1

   The Conversos in Castile in the Fifteenth Century 1

   Jews and Conversos 2

   Christian Society and the Conversos 4

   The Conversos' Attitude to Christians and Jews 5

   The Public Controversy over the Converso Question and the Plans for its Solution 6

   Alonso de Espina 9

   The Establishment of the Inquisition in Castile 20

   The Crown's Connection with the Inquisition 20

   The Beginnings of the Spanish National Inquisition 29

   Last Attempts to Oppose the Inquisitorial Method 34

   Pope Sixtus IV and the Inquisition 43

   The Victory of Torquemada's Policy and Method 45

II. THE CONVERSOS OF CIUDAD REAL: 1391-1483 48

   The Jews of Villarreal 48

   The Jewish Quarter of Villarreal 49

   Charitable Societies of the Conversos 52

   The Return to Judaism 53

   The Riots of 1449 55

   The Repercussions of the Fall of Constantinople 58

   Judeo-Converso Relations 60

   The Riots of 1474 62

   The Uprising of the. Marques de Villena 73

   Alonso Carrillo's Examination of Heresy in Ciudad Real 78

   The Rehabilitation of the Converso Population 82

III. THE HISTORY OF THE TRIBUNAL OF CIUDAD REAL 88

   The Location of the Court 88

   The Arrival of the Inquisitors and the Period of Grace 91

   The Trials 96

IV. THE COURT OF CIUDAD REAL AT WORK 105

   The Beginning of the Inquisitorial Examination 106

   The Commencement of the Trial 113

   Classification of the Accused 117

   The Evidence and the Witnesses 127

   The Secrecy of Witnesses' Identity 127

   The Reliability of Witnesses 130

   Witness-Informers 133

   Other Types of Witnesses 135

   The Confession as Testimony 138

   The Nature of the Evidence 140

   The Giving and Confirmation of Evidence 142

   The Prosecution and its Method 146

   The Defence and its Method 151

   The Defence in the Early Days 151

   The Defence in Evolution 166

   The Defence Questionnaires 179

   The Consulta-de-Fe 185

   The Sentence and the Punishment 187

V. THE ACCUSED'S FILE AND ITS PREPARATION 195

VI. THE PUBLIC AND SOCIAL IMAGE OF THE CONVERSOS OF CIUDAD REAL 203

   Public Figures 204

   Merchants 218

   The Rank and File 222

   The Women 226

VII. THE JEWISH LIFE OF THE CONVERSOS OF CIUDAD REAL 237

   Conditions for the Observance of Mitzvoth 242

   The Composition of Converso Gatherings 245

   Places of Worship 249

   Prayers 256

   Ritual Slaughter 259

   Education in Jewish Precepts 264

   Mitzvoth 269

VIII. THE ATTITUDE OF THE CONVERSOS OF CIUDAD REAL TO CHRISTIANITY AND THEIR OUTLOOK ON LIFE AND DEATH 286

   The Conversos and Christianity 286

   The Conversos' Outlook on Life and Death 296

APPENDICES

   I. Notarial Authorization of the Declaration of the Period of Grace in Ciudad Real 300

   II. Places of Residence of the Inhabitants of Ciudad Real 301

   III. Hebrew Terms in the Files of Those Tried in Ciudad Real 313

INDICES

   I. Persons 317

   II. Places 328

   III. Subjects 330

ABBREVIATIONS 341



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