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This introductory chapter provides a brief overview of the book Conversos and Moriscos in Late Medieval Spain and Beyond: Volume One: Departures and Change and its chapters. Today Spain's multicultural Middle Ages attracts an enormous amount of scholarly attention, engendering studies that continue to shed light not only on the Conversos and Moriscos but also on the related issues of individual and group identity, community violence, everyday resistance, passing and otherness. The chapter briefly situates the two communities: Conversos and Moriscos. The study of the Converso and Morisco phenomena is not only important for those of us focused on Spanish society and culture, but for academics everywhere interested in the issues of identity, nationalism, religious intolerance and the challenges of modernity. The author hopes that the Converso and Morisco Studies series allows us to examine all of these subjects while addressing the two minority groups in question.

Keywords: Conversos; late medieval Spain; Moriscos



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