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The Catholic Apologists Of The Expulsion Of The Moriscos: Anti-Islamic Propaganda

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This chapter examines in greater detail the arguments of the Catholic Apologists in favour of the expulsion of the Moriscos. Many of these come from mediaeval anti-Islamic polemic. The justificatory arguments used by the Catholic Apologists derive from the prophetic traditions that have been described, from the legend and myths of Santiago but also from mediaeval anti-Islamic polemic and astrology. All the Catholic Apologists mythify Philip III by representing him as the Emperor of the Last Days. John Bainbridge, believed that the comets seen in the early sixteenth century were favourable omens for Protestantism: Judicial astrology in Spain had reached its high water mark of popularity during the late fifteenth and the entire sixteenth century. A great conjunction involved both Saturn and Jupiter.

Keywords: anti-Islamic polemic; Catholic Apologists; John Bainbridge; Jupiter; Moriscos; Philip III; Santiago



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