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This book reviews types of Iberian Conversos (i.e. primarily forced but also voluntary Jewish converts to Christianity) from the late 14th to the 17th centuries and surveys the Christian and Jewish attitudes towards them. The book begins with a brief history of Jewish life in the Iberian Peninsula noting critical events such as the forced conversions of Jews under the Visi ...more
Kindle Edition, 317 pages
Published November 8th 2016 by Yaron Publishing
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Steve Cran
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1492 was recorded as one of th lost disastrous for the Jewish people residing in Spain. The three choices were simple conversion, death or leave Spain. In reality, though, their terror began in 1391, the Visogoths forced all,the Jews to convert or die. Many Jews chose to convert . Some Jews survived by fleeing to another kingdom but as the years rolled by the antisemitism would,catch up and they would face pogroms. Between the years 1391 to 1492 the Jews would face several outburst of antisemiti ...more
Zhelana
This book competes with both major threads of Spanish Inquisition research (the conversos were Jews and the conversos were Christians) by saying "reality is far more complex than that." Which, it usually is. It provided a lot of case studies, and not much summing up in order to make the point that no two conversos' stories were the same. Some were devout Jews; some were devout Christians. Others were neither (as the case of Spinoza proves). He argues against Netanyahu's dismissal of the inquisit ...more
Gale F. Barnett
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Detailed discussion of converso history

This book was scholarly and very detailed. It was also a shocking expose of the brutal repression of Jews who were persecuted and forcibly converted by the Christian majority. Amazing Jews have persisted despite there travails throughout history. The violence against Jews in the earlier centuries in Europe must have given Hitler ideas of what to do. Many of the atrocities were similar. I found the book ponderous and more detailed than I expected. It seemed
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