A Jewish Renaissance in Fifteenth-Century Spain - Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern World by Mark D. Meyerson
This book critically reviews the traditional view that the Jewish experience in medieval Spain - during the century before the expulsion of 1492 - was one of despair, persecution and…
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This book critically reviews the traditional view that the Jewish experience in medieval Spain - during the century before the expulsion of 1492 - was one of despair, persecution and retreat. Focusing on the city of Morfder in the Kingdom of Valencia, Mark Meyerson explains how and why the revival and prosperity of the Jewish community in the wake of the horrific violence of 1391.
A wide range of archival documents, including those of the Spanish Inquisition, is based on the fact that Morvedre saw a "renaissance"Jewish. Meyerson explains how the policies of the kings and the city government have resulted in the demographic expansion and prosperity of the Jewish community. Of great importance were the new measures that stopped the imposition of unjust taxes on the Jews and reduced their role as deputies.
The results included a reversal of the credit relationship between Jews and Christians, a marked improvement in Christian attitudes towards Jews, and greater economic diversification by Jews. The book, which represents a major contribution to the discussions on the origins of the Inquisition and the expulsion of Jews, presents the first extensive analysis of Jewish relations at the local level, showing that the Jews of Morvedre expressed their strength by helping the Valencia conversation.
Comparing Valencia with other parts of Spain and with the countries of the Italian Renaissance city, shows us why this kingdom and the town of Morvedere were very mature to revive the Jews in the fifteenth century.
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