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

Renée Levine Melammed


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 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. This book shows how many “ ... More

Keywords: Spanish Jews, Christianity, Spain, converses, Judaism, Catholicism, Castle, Jewish women, conversas, religious heritage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195151671
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151671.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Renée Levine Melammed, author
Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem
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