Tolerance and Coexistence in Early Modern Spain: Old Christians and Moriscos in the Campo de Calatrava

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Boydell & Brewer Ltd, 2014 - History - 279 pages
There has been a widely-held consensus among historians that the Moriscos of Spain made little or no attempt to assimilate to the majority Christian culture around them, and that this apparent obduracy made their expulsion between 1609 and 1614 both necessary and inevitable. This book challenges that view. Assimilation, coexistence, and tolerance between Old and New Christians in early modern Spain were not a fiction or a fantasy, but could be a reality, made possible by the thousands of ordinary individuals who did not subscribe to the negative vision of the Moriscos put around by the propagandists of the government, and who had lived in peace and harmony side by side for generations. For some, this may be a new and surprising vision of early modern Spain, which for too long, and thanks in large part to the Black Legend, has been characterized as a land of intolerance and fanaticism. This book will help to rebalance the picture and show sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain in a new, infinitely richer and more rewarding light. Trevor J. Dadson FBA is Professor of Hispanic Studies at Queen Mary, University of London, and is currently President of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain & Ireland. In 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Inquisition and the Campo de Calatrava in the Sixteenth Century
13
2 Literacy Education and Social Mobility
37
3 Justice and the Law
65
The Herrador Family 15401660
79
Propaganda and the Expulsion of the Moriscos
101
6 Opposition to the Expulsion of the Moriscos
123
7 Those Who Stayed
147
9 Rewriting History
183
The Inquisition and Villarrubia in the Seventeenth Century
203
Reality or Fiction?
225
Glossary
245
Bibliography
247
Index
259
Backcover
281
Copyright

8 Those Who Returned
161

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Professor of Hispanic Studies, Queen Mary University of London

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