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This book endeavours to bring into focus parallel developments that took place in the kingdom of Portugal, the fourth Christian realm of the Iberian Peninsula in the late fifteenth century and the only one to have preserved its political sovereignty outside of the modern Spanish state. The book covers the situation of the Jewish and Muslim minorities prior to 1496 and also Manuel's rise to power, his ambitions and his diplomatic relations with Castile. There are only two Christian chronicles that give a detailed, account of the mass conversion of the Jews and the expulsion of the Muslims from Portugal. These chronicles are : Crónica do Felicíssimo Rei D. Manuel of Damião de Góis and De Rebus Emmanuelis of Jerónimo Osório, bishop of Silves in Algarve. The available documentary sources for the events of 1496-7 are exclusively Christian and consist predominantly of documents conserved in Portuguese and Spanish archives.

Keywords: Castile; Christian-Jewish-Muslimrelation; Crónica do Felicíssimo Rei D. Manuel; Damião de Góis; De Rebus Emmanuelis; Iberian Peninsula; Jerónimo Osório; King Manuel; kingdom of Portugal; Spanish archive



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