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The Judaizers of Alcázar at the End of the Sixteenth Century: “Corks Floating on Water”

Renée Levine Melammed

in Heretics or Daughters of Israel?

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780195151671
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849215 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151671.003.0009
The Judaizers of Alcázar at the End of the Sixteenth Century: “Corks Floating on Water”

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The village of Alcázar stands out in sharp contrast to one's expectations crypto-Jewish life in a Castilian village at the end of the 16th century. There was a series of interrelated trials of 100 converso residents from the eastern part of La Mancha, belonging to the adjoining inquisitorial districts of Cuenca and Toledo. The chapter analyses two trials where the quantity of information about judaizing is abundant. At the end of the 16th century, the Inquisition discovered a network of judaizers teaching and observing Judaism. The prominence of women in these proceedings cannot be ignored; they, along with the defendants, lived precarious lives, “like corks floating on water.”

Keywords: Alcázar; crypto-Jewish; converso; judaizing; Inquisition

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Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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