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Inquisition And Crypto-Judaism: The "Complicity" Of The Mora Family Of Quintanar De La Orden (1588-1592)

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Towards the end of the reign of Philip II, between 1588 and 1592, the inquisitors at the Cuenca Tribunal discovered a homogeneous "complicity" of autochtonous Judaisers in Quintanar de la Orden in the region of La Mancha. This chapter chooses the term 'autochtonous Judaisers' because, at about the same point in time, the Inquisition was in the process of dismantling a number of other "complicities" exclusively involving Portuguese Marranos or mixed groups of Spanish and Portuguese Marranos. It concludes that, in the late sixteenth century, a group of autochtonous Judaisers lived in Quintanar de la Orden who bore no relation to the Portuguese Marrano communities that settled in Castile for demographic, economic and political reasons. The Mora family were relentlessly persecuted by the Cuenca and Toledo inquisitors between 1588 and 1592. They practiced a form of militant crypto-Judaism that was transmitted orally within the family group by "dogmatisers" and teachers.

Keywords: autochtonous Judaisers; complicity; crypto-Judaism; Cuenca Tribunal; Mora family; Portuguese Marranos; Quintanar de la Orden



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