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Sicily From Peter III To The Catholic Monarch

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The Jews of Sicily spent the last two hundred and ten years of their presence on the island under Aragonese and (towards the end) Spanish rule. Briefly, the main events in Sicily were the following: In the wake of the popular uprising in Palermo on Easter Monday of 1282 against the French Angevin, later termed 'Sicilian Vespers', King Peter III of Aragon landed at Trapani at the end of August of that year. The Angevin emerged from the reshuffle of 1282 as masters of the continental half of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, and held on to Naples until their expulsion at the hands of Alphonso the Magnanimous. Isabel of Castile's marriage to Ferdinand brought about the unification of Spain. That proved fateful for the Jews of Sicily, who were engulfed in the catastrophe of the ethnic cleansing of the Iberian Peninsula by the Catholic Monarchs.

Keywords: Aragon; Catholic monarchs; King Peter III; Sicily



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