Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Jailed Judaizers And Their Jailers' Servants

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

One of the phenomena frequently reported by inquisitional authorities was the way Afroiberian slaves helped imprisoned judaizers. The jails of two local Inquisitions, Mexico City and Lima, generated many accounts of such perceived collaborative subversion of Inquisition operations. The interactions between Judeoconverso prisoners, their friends and relatives outside, and Afroiberian slaves were fraught with dangers of all sorts, and not only from the inquisitional authorities. The incidents and activities discussed in this chapter reveal the ambivalence and ambiguity of motivation, desire and manipulation on both sides. Recurring violations of the Inquisition jails' secrecy terrified authorities in the context of Spanish worries regarding national security leading up to and following the Portuguese rebellion of 1640 against Castile, which generated a war lasting some 28 years. When Spain swallowed Portugal in 1580, the extreme cruelty of the Portuguese Inquisition generated an exodus of New Christians back to Spain, irony of ironies.

Keywords: Afroiberian slaves; imprisoned judaizers; Inquisition jails; Judeoconverso prisoners; Portugal; Spain



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Swimming the Christian Atlantic (2 vols) — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation