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Heretics or Daughters of Israel?The Crypto-Jewish Women of Castile$
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Renée Levine Melammed

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195151671

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151671.001.0001

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The López Women's Tachas

The López Women's Tachas

(p.113) 6 The López Women's Tachas
Heretics or Daughters of Israel?

Renée Levine Melammed

Oxford University Press

The chapter discusses the list of tachas provided by all three members of the Lòpez family in a desperate attempt to invalidate witnesses for the prosecution. Pedro made his genealogical statement and was admonished to confess in December of that year for the third time. Pedro was no more successful in saving his life than were his wife and daughter in their trials, but the women came much closer to having their trials dismissed. Ironically, Pedro did succeed in convincing the court that it had justly tried and sentenced the members of the Lòpez Villareal family. By virtue of his partial and lame confession, he proved to the tribunal that all of them had indeed judaized and that the stoic behavior of the Lòpez women did not stem from bonafide innocence but rather from a desire to die as martyrs devoted to Judaism.

Keywords:   tachas, Lòpez family, genealogical statement, trials, judaized, martyrs, Judaism

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