Converso Non-Conformism in Early Modern Spain

Bad Blood and Faith from Alonso de Cartagena to Diego Velázquez

Authors: Ingram, Kevin

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  • Charts converso non-conformism from the mid-fourteenth century to the seventeenth century across Spain
  • Reconsiders the work of Diego Velázquez as a converso humanist
  • Highlights the importance of the conversos’ reform voice against the backdrop of modern Spanish state building and the creation of national identity
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This book examines the effects of Jewish conversions to Christianity in late medieval Spanish society. Ingram focuses on these converts and their descendants (known as conversos) not as Judaizers, but as Christian humanists, mystics and evangelists, who attempt to create a new society based on quietist religious practice, merit, and toleration. His narrative takes the reader on a journey from the late fourteenth-century conversions and the first blood purity laws (designed to marginalize conversos), through the early sixteenth-century Erasmian and radical mystical movements, to a Counter-Reformation environment in which conversos become the advocates for pacifism and concordance. His account ends at the court of Philip IV, where growing intolerance towards Madrid’s converso courtiers is subtly attacked by Spain’s greatest painter, Diego Velázquez, in his work, Los Borrachos. Finally, Ingram examines the historiography of early modern Spain, in which he argues the converso reform phenomenon continues to be underexplored.

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Kevin Ingram is Professor of History at Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus, Spain.

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“Converso Non-Conformism in Early Modern Spain: Bad Blood and Faith sets out to account for the experience of those Spanish Jews, perhaps one-third of the total Spanish Jewish population, who converted to Catholicism after the Reconquista. … An outstanding study of its subject, Converso Non-Conformism in Early Modern Spain looks to be advancing an agenda setting argument.” (Crawford Gribben, New Books network, newbooksnetwork.com, February 07, 2019)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Converso Non-Conformism in Early Modern Spain
Book Subtitle
Bad Blood and Faith from Alonso de Cartagena to Diego Velázquez
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-93236-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-93236-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-93235-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 370
Number of Illustrations
12 illustrations in colour
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