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The front matter section of this book The Persecution of the Jews and Muslims of Portugal: King Manuel I and the End of Religious Tolerance (1496-7) contains table of contents, list of plates and maps, acknowledgements, notes for readers: names, dates and currency and abbreviations. Drawing upon narrative and documentary sources in Portuguese, Spanish and Hebrew, the book pieces together the developments that led to the events of 1496-7 and presents a detailed reconstruction of the persecution. It challenges widely held views concerning the impact of the arrival in Portugal of the Jews expelled from Castile in 1492, the diplomatic wrangling that led to the forced conversion of the Portuguese Jews in 1497 and the causes behind the expulsion of the Muslim minority.

Keywords: Jews; King Manuel I; Muslims



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