‘Saben moltes coses contra molts convessos de Xàtiva e de València’. Converted Jews in the Kingdom of Valencia: Denunciation and social Betrayal in Late 15th century Xàtiva

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Title: ‘Saben moltes coses contra molts convessos de Xàtiva e de València’. Converted Jews in the Kingdom of Valencia: Denunciation and social Betrayal in Late 15th century Xàtiva
Authors: Barrio Barrio, Juan Antonio
Research Group/s: Poder Público, Sociedad y Cultura en el Reino de Valencia, SS. XIII-XV
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Historia Medieval, Historia Moderna y Ciencias y Técnicas Historiográficas
Keywords: Inquisition | Denunciation | Conversos | Xàtiva | Fifteenth century
Knowledge Area: Historia Medieval
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Edicions de la Universitat de Lleida
Citation: Imago Temporis: Medium Aevum. 2016, 10: 245-265. doi:10.21001/itma.2016.10.10
Abstract: The article analyses the mechanisms of denunciation used in the early years of operation of the Royal Inquisition court of Valencia in the late 15th century. Our study of the testimony given by a group of old Christians who denounced various Jewish converts in the city of Xàtiva has enabled us to reconstruct how denunciation took place, and the development of the climate of social betrayal which was encouraged by the inquisitorial authorities. We have identified the informants —old Christians— and those denounced —Jewish converts— and their respective socio-professional occupations. The informants were extremely intolerant of their Jewish converso neighbours, whose attitudes they monitored. They used the new horizontal mechanisms for social control, implemented, disseminated and encouraged by the inquisitorial authorities, which encouraged old Christians to observe, monitor and report dissident behaviour and practices among Jewish converts in Valencia.
Sponsor: This article has been written within the framework of the following research projects: Fundamentos de identidad política: La construcción de identidades políticas urbanas en la Península Ibérica en el tránsito a la modernidad (HAR2009-08946) and Inquisición y sociedades urbanas. Los Tribunales de Valencia, Teruel y Cuenca entre los siglos XV-XVI (HAR2012-34444), both funded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation of the Government of Spain.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/64649
ISSN: 1888-3931
DOI: 10.21001/itma.2016.10.10
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: Licencia Creative Commons Reconocimiento-NoComercial-SinObraDerivada 4.0
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.21001/itma.2016.10.10
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