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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. On the accession of the Martins to the Sicilian throne, the first collective charters granted to Jewish communities make their appearance. Raysio di Ragusa, physician of Syracuse and chief justice of the Jews in the queens demesne, was another royal protege, naturally of the queen, in whose demesne he lived. King Alphonsos accession to the throne was the occasion for the renewal of charters. The Jewish communities collectively were first in line (1421). In addition to the collective diplomatic action by the Jewish communities, individual communities continued to apply directly to the king or the viceroy (or president).

Keywords: Jewish communities; Jews; King Alphonso; Martins; Sicilian throne

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