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The Expulsion

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On 31st of March 1492, the victorious couple Ferdinand and Isabel of Spain signed in conquered Granada the edict of expulsion, putting an end to Jewish presence in all their dominions. In Sicily, there were no numerous groups of Jewish converts before the expulsion whose Christian orthodoxy was likely to trouble the minds of Torquemada and his minions, and moneylending was a negligible quantity in the context of Jewish economic activity in Sicily. So far as Sicily was concerned, the expulsion has been described with some justification as a "foreign import. On 11th July, King Ferdinand instructed the viceroy to provide for the legitimate interests of Patella. The expulsion of the Jews from Sicily must have created many heart-rending situations, few of which were echoed in the factual and dry language of official documentation.

Keywords: Christian orthodoxy; Jews; King Ferdinand; Sicily



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