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Rome and the Expulsion

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The earliest defenders of the Expulsion and the many supporters of the notion of the Archbishop of Valencia's sainthood repeatedly applied themselves to the twin task of showing not only that the Holy See approved of the Moriscos' expulsion, but also that Rome had taken part in the decision. Rome's attitude towards the Expulsion turned out to be a significant obstacle whenever Spain proposed the Patriarch's beatification. Francisco de Castro's letter described, with the respect and courtesy an ambassador was obliged to show towards his monarch, an atmosphere which was very different from the cauldron of excited fervour alleged by the official apologists. Throughout the long history of the Spanish Inquisition, and particularly in its golden period of the sixteenth century the Moriscos had constituted a notable exception. The Roman Curia's way of tackling the issue of Spain's Moriscos did not contemplate the possibility of their expulsion.

Keywords: Francisco de Castro's letter; Moriscos' expulsion; Patriarch's beatification; Rome; Spain; Valencia's sainthood



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