The End of Days: A Story of Tolerance, Tyranny and the Expulsion of the Jews from Spain

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One thousand years ago there existed in Spain a civilization that was famous - or, rather, infamous - throughout Europe. To the horror of the Christian rulers to the north, Jews, Christians, and Moors lived together on the Iberian Peninsula in harmony. Yet, in just a few hundred years, Spain would transform itself from a pluralistic, multicultural society to the least tolerant nation in all of Europe. By the end of the fifteenth century, the Spanish Inquisition had established a reign of terror, and the Jews were...
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One thousand years ago there existed in Spain a civilization that was famous - or, rather, infamous - throughout Europe. To the horror of the Christian rulers to the north, Jews, Christians, and Moors lived together on the Iberian Peninsula in harmony. Yet, in just a few hundred years, Spain would transform itself from a pluralistic, multicultural society to the least tolerant nation in all of Europe. By the end of the fifteenth century, the Spanish Inquisition had established a reign of terror, and the Jews were expelled from the land they had inhabited for 1,500 years. Eventually, the Moors were banished as well. The End of Days traces this tragic path, explaining in fascinating detail the dramatic events that led to the end of pluralism and the rise of tyranny. Erna Paris brings to life the many complex factors that created this situation: the politics of the Spanish Inquisition and its manipulative psychology of terror; the greatest religious debate of the Middle Ages; the misguided murder of an inquisitor by desperate "New Christians" who were descended from Jews; a sensational, trumped-up case of ritual murder; and the most spectacular auto-da-fe of the fifteenth century. In attempting to pinpoint the historical events that turned a culture of tolerance into an autocratic police state, Paris compares what occurred in medieval Spain to the social upheavals of nineteenth- and twentieth-century France and Germany. She discovers many striking patterns and also certain eerie similarities with the social and political unrest in modern-day North America. The End of Days is absorbing history and a reminder that many of its lessons are yet to be learned.
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YA-Approximately 200 years of Spanish history (1300-1500) are the focus of this book. Paris sketches the medieval history of the Iberian peninsula, stressing the tolerance of most of the Islamic dynasties, the relative amity between the three major religions of the area, and the flourishing culture that this relatively peaceful era nourished. The 14th century brought division within the Catholic Church itself; a plague that killed 25-30% of the population of Europe; and, in Valencia in 1391, a pogrom that gave its Jewish residents the choice of conversion or death. The "end of days" refers to the second coming of Christ, which would happen only if all the Jews were converted. Over half of the Jewish residents of Spain converted in the 14th and 15th centuries. These "conversos" were the primary target of the early Inquisition. Paris describes the early period of the Inquisition, the motives and actions of the inquisitors, and the fate of those accused. The actual expulsion of the Jews (not the conversos) in 1492 and the Moors (who were also given the opportunity to convert) in 1502 mark the climax of the events of this book. Written in lively prose, this book is recommended for general reading and as a resource for reports.-Clodagh Lee, Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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Award-winning Canadian journalist Paris narrates the degeneration of Spain from a tolerant and fertile milieu of Christians, Jews, and Moors, into the madness of the Spanish Inquisition and reign of terror and tyranny. Perhaps most chilling is the final chapter noting parallels between the stages of the change and recent events in the US. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781573920179
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 11
Chronological List of Rulers and Monarchs of Spain Mentioned in Text 13
Chronology of Major Events in Spain with References to Events Elsewhere in the World 15
Abbreviations 18
Introduction 19
1 1391 29
2 Setting the Scene: Two Nations in One: Christ and Muhammad 35
3 Setting the Scene: The Face of Early Christian Spain 53
4 That Liar the Devil: The Fourteenth Century 69
5 After the Pogroms 89
6 A Pope from Aragon Tightens the Noose on the Jews 99
7 The Fate of the Conversos 119
8 Anarchy and Renewal 135
9 The Holy Office of the Inquisition 153
10 The Grand Inquisitor 169
11 Murder in the Cathedral 181
12 A Strategic Victory for Torquemada: The Holy Child of La Guardia Trial Leads to the Expulsion of the Jews 211
13 Full Circle: The Last King of the Moors 229
14 The Expulsion of the Jews 237
15 Afterword 257
16 Europe Then and Later 267
Further Reading 311
Selected Bibliography 315
Index 323
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 1999

    Loved this book

    Paris takes history and weaves it into story form...I couldn't put it down. Great introduction for anyone set to travel to Spain or interested in Spanish Jewish history.

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