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Rhetorics of the Expulsion

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This chapter discusses the principal arguments used to justify expelling more than 300,000 Moriscos from the Iberian Peninsula between 1609 and 1614 and many other manifestations and perceptions, both positive and negative, of the decision made by Philip III in 1609 to begin the Expulsion with the Moriscos of Valencia. The plural form "rhetorics" points to analyze not only one, but many discourses of the Expulsion, from the perspective of various genres and texts. Philip III's contemporaries were aware of the link between the Dutch treaty and the Moriscos' Expulsion, and perhaps the clearest proof lies in the words of the Duke of Lerma, one of the principal actors in the affair. It is equally revealing to analyze how the Expulsion was viewed in histories, treatises and funeral sermons published or written in the seventeenth century.

Keywords: Duke of Lerma; Expulsion; Iberian Peninsula; Moriscos; Philip III; rhetorics; Valencia



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