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The King's Jews

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The relationship between the Crown and the Jews was governed by a series of enactments, chiefly charters and privileges, but also other types of legislation, most of which were implemented and enforced, and failing that in whole or in part, were reinforced by confirmations, ratifications, and the like. Merdoc Cusintino, a member of a well-known Palermitan merchant family was the beneficiary of a royal charter in 1339. The town of Agrigento also inserted the matter of the privileges of the local Jewish community into their petition to have their own ratified (1401). King Alphonso continued to grant the Jews pardons for the commission of real and imaginary offences in return for considerable amounts of money. A relatively brief petition was presented by the Jewish community in Palermo to the viceroy in 1471.

Keywords: Jewish community; King Alphonso; Palermo



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