The Aftermath and a New Reality

Renee Levine Melammed

in A Question of Identity

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780195170719
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835416 | DOI:
 The Aftermath and a New Reality

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Although the Church insists that a convert to Catholicism is to be fully accepted by his co-religionists, the socio-economic and ethnic situation in Spain did not allow the conversos to fully experience assimilation. Local laws were passed in the fifteenth century that essentially represented ethnic discrimination against the "New Christians," who were also deemed untrustworthy and insincere. As a result, the Church and Crown decided to establish a national (Spanish) inquisition in order to extirpate the Judaizing heresy. The development of the converso class resulted in serious repercussions for Church, State, and for the Jewish world.

Keywords: assimilation; ethnic discrimination; New Christians; Spanish Inquisition; Judaizing

Chapter.  8296 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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