Heretics or Daughters of Israel?: The Crypto-Jewish Women of Castile / Edition 1

Heretics or Daughters of Israel?: The Crypto-Jewish Women of Castile / Edition 1

by Renee Levine Melammed
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195151674

ISBN-13: 9780195151671

Pub. Date: 02/28/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Between 1391 and the end of the 15th century, numerous Spanish Jews converted to Christianity, most of them under duress. Before and after 1492, when the Jews were officially expelled from Spain, a significant number of these conversos maintained clandestine ties to Judaism, despite their outward conformity to Catholicism. Through the lens of the Inquisition's own

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Between 1391 and the end of the 15th century, numerous Spanish Jews converted to Christianity, most of them under duress. Before and after 1492, when the Jews were officially expelled from Spain, a significant number of these conversos maintained clandestine ties to Judaism, despite their outward conformity to Catholicism. Through the lens of the Inquisition's own records, this groundbreaking study focuses on the crypto-Jewish women of Castile, demonstrating their central role in the perpetuation of crypto-Jewish society in the absence of traditional Jewish institutions led by men. Renee Levine Melammed shows how many "conversas" acted with great courage and commitment to perpetuate their religious heritage, seeing themselves as true daughters of Israel. Her fascinating book sheds new light on the roles of women in the transmission of Jewish traditions and cultures.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195151671
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Judaizing Heresy, the Inquistion and the Conversas
1. Jews and Conversas: The First Century of Crypto-Judaism
2. The Lives of Judaizing Women after 1492
3. Messianic Turmoil Circa 1500
4. Castilian Conversas at Work
5. The Lopez - Vilarreal Family: Three Convicted Judaizers (1516 - 1521)
6. The Lopez Women's Tachas
7. The Inquisition and the Midwife
8. The Judaizers of Alcazar at the end of the Sixteenth Century: "Corks Floating on Water"
Conclusion: Heretics or Daughters of Israel?

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