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Hidden Heritage: The Legacy of the Crypto-Jews

Janet Liebman Jacobs


The beginnings of Sephardic crypto-Judaism are found in fourteenth-century Spain when, as a result of social and political changes, attacks against the centuries-old Spanish-Jewish community became pervasive. Fueled by both economic conditions and ecclesiastical anti-Semitism, violence against the Jews began in 1391 in Seville and quickly spread to Ciudad Real and Burgos, before reaching Valencia. Within the year, Jewish communities in Toledo, Barcelona, Gerona, and Aragon bore the effects of mob-incited violence as homes were burned, businesses looted, synagogues destroyed, and Jews murdered. ... More

Keywords: Sephardic crypto-Judaism, Spanish-Jewish community, anti-Semitism, forced conversion, Christian, medieval Spain, resistance, ancestry, ethnic identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780520233461
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520233461.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Janet Liebman Jacobs, author