By Jonathan S. Ray
Honorary point out for the 2014 Medieval and Early sleek Jewish background part ebook award provided by way of the organization for Jewish Studies
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50 The commercial networks established by Hispano-Jewish merchants provided them with more than just a means for economic gain. They also helped to forge social and political ties to other Jewish communities, as well as to non-Jewish authorities, in a variety of regions around the Mediterranean. 51 During these waves of voluntary and forced migration, respectively, the established trade routes that connected peninsular cities to those of Mallorca, southern Italy, North Africa, and the Levant developed into paths of Jewish emigration from Iberia.
In Portugal, where both the Church and the laity had little involvement in the king’s quixotic decision, popular disaffection with the converts was almost immediate. The Dominican friars who, in previous generations, had been at the forefront of the mission to convert the Jews, now led the drive to attack the recent converts as heretics. The Long Road into Exile >> 41 Adding insult to injury, the rest of Portuguese society quickly identified these victims of royal abuse as agents of royal oppression.
The uncertainties of life in exile, and the short time that the Jews had to prepare for it, led many to choose to stay in Spain and accept Christianity. The voluntary conversions that took place just prior to the August deadline given in the Edict of Expulsion recalled the difficult calculations made by the generation of Jews following the forced baptisms of 1391. As with this earlier calamity, many Jews who were confronted by the choice between allegiance to their religious community and personal fiscal stability evaded the issue for as long as they could.
After Expulsion: 1492 and the Making of Sephardic Jewry by Jonathan S. Ray