Conversos, Moriscos, and the Eucharist in Early Modern Spain: Some Reflections on Jewish Exceptionalism

cam.issuedOnline2021-12-03
dc.contributor.authorGlazer-Eytan, Yonatan
dc.date.accessioned2022-01-05T16:32:27Z
dc.date.available2022-01-05T16:32:27Z
dc.date.issued2021-12
dc.date.updated2022-01-05T16:32:26Z
dc.description.abstract<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>Sacrilegious attitudes toward the Eucharistic host are one of the most commonplace accusations leveled against Jews in premodern Europe. Usually treated in Jewish historiography as an expression of anti-Judaism or antisemitism, they are considered a hallmark of Jewish powerlessness and persecution. In medieval and early modern Spain, however, Jews and conversos (Jewish converts to Christianity and their descendants) were not the only proclaimed enemies of the Eucharist. Reports about avoidance, rejection, criticism, and even ridicule and profanation of the consecrated host were similarly leveled against Muslims and moriscos (Muslim converts to Christianity). This essay seeks to assess the parallels and connections between the two groups through a comparative examination of accusations of sacrilegious behavior towards the host. The first part of the essay analyzes religious art, legal compendia, and inquisitorial trials records from the tribunals of Toledo and Cuenca in order to show some evident homologies between the two groups. The second part of the essay focuses on the analysis of the works of Jaime Bleda and Pedro Aznar y Cardona, two apologists of the expulsion of the moriscos, and draws direct connections between Jewish and morisco sacrilege. By exploring the similarities and differences between accusations against conversos and moriscos, this essay aims to offer a broader reflection on Jewish exceptionalism.</jats:p>
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.79527
dc.identifier.eissn1572-8579
dc.identifier.issn0334-701X
dc.identifier.others10835-021-09424-0
dc.identifier.other9424
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/332080
dc.languageen
dc.publisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLC
dc.publisher.urlhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10835-021-09424-0
dc.subject4303 Historical Studies
dc.subject43 History, Heritage and Archaeology
dc.titleConversos, Moriscos, and the Eucharist in Early Modern Spain: Some Reflections on Jewish Exceptionalism
dc.typeArticle
dcterms.dateAccepted2021-07-14
prism.endingPage291
prism.issueIdentifier3-4
prism.publicationNameJewish History
prism.startingPage265
prism.volume35
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
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rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1007/s10835-021-09424-0
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