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This is the introductory chapter of this book, which is a study of part of the ideological and religious background to the expulsion of the Moriscos. It gives ideas of Pedro de Valencia as representative of those who opposed the expulsion because there is no systematic study of his opposition to the solucin final and because his reasoning is that of a polymath much respected by his contemporaries and who supports his arguments by erudite references. Valencias faith was complemented by good works in the spirit of Arias Montanos Dictatum Christianum. The beliefs of the Catholic Apologists derived from a harsh Old Testament mentality that would have children suffer for the sins of their parents. In 1609, the Moriscos could be divided into three groups: genuine converts, those who feigned allegiance to Christianity and those somewhere in between the two religions.

Keywords: Catholic Apologists; Christianity; Moriscos; Pedro de Valencia

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