By Cecil Roth
Original 12 months of publication: 1932
The checklist of the "New Christians" is an inseparable a part of the tales of Spain and Portugal, on the interval in their maximum brilliance. It constitutes a basic, notwithstanding tragic, bankruptcy of ecclesiastical historical past. It touches at the lifetime of each nation of Western Europe within the seventeenth and 18th centuries, at the most important issues. it's the heritage to the biography of numerous people of the top eminence, either within the Peninsula and in another country. It had very important reactions in politics, literature, technology and trade. all through, it got lurid illumination from the flares of the autos-da-fe.
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Nothing could have served their turn better, as all the principal Marranos of the region were placed in their power at a single stroke. A series of arrests was carried out. Many of the richest and most honorable citizens of Seville, including several magistrates and other civic dignitaries, were involved. They were hurriedly tried and condemned to death. The first-fruits were seen on February 6, 1481, when the first Act of Faith6 was held, six men and women being burned alive. The sermon was preached by Fray Alonso de Hojeda, who was thus enabled to see the triumphant results of the agitation which he had been carrying on for so many years.
He condemned it therefore repeatedly, in Bulls of 1449 and 1451, besides excommunicating those responsible for promulgating it. Its real importance, however, lay in the attitude of mind which it expressed; and this could not be so easily eradicated. In proceeding against the leaders of the Toledo outbreak, Alvaro de Luna had been lukewarm; for he suspected that the New Christians were implicated in the intrigues against himself. This was in part true; and some influential members of the class sat in the court which condemned him to death in 1453.
Thus, the Spanish Inquisition became unified under one central control. Under Torquemada’s direction, activities in Castile became more and more severe. 9 Both were sent to Rome for trial. The former died, apparently before sentence could be promulgated; the latter was deposed and degraded from orders, dying in prison in the Castle of St. Angelo. It does not appear that in either case the accusations were based upon anything more than personal enmity. In the kingdom of Aragon, notwithstanding the fact that the Inquisition had already been at work in the thirteenth century, there was great resistance to the introduction of the institution on the Castilian model.
A History of the Marranos by Cecil Roth