American Jewish Historical Quarterly Volume 9

American Jewish Historical Quarterly Volume 9

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ... the distinguished historian, our honorary member, Dr. Henry C. Lea, who has referred to an interesting and suggestive incident, bearing on this point in his paper on "The Martyrdom of San Pedro Arbues," in the Am. Hist. Association Papers, vol. III. He says, in speaking of the Marranos in Spain, in the closing days of Spanish glory: " At the same time conversion had opened a new brilliant career for them. Relieved from the disabilities which oppressed so heavily their unconverted brethren, the keen intellects and superior business capacity of the New Christians speedily won for them commanding influence." "They rose to the loftiest stations in Church and State; they accumulated enormous wealth; and they intermarried into the noblest families." Still more suggestive is his footnote: " About 1560, Cardinal Mendoza Y. Bobyadilla presented to Philip II a memorial in which he showed that virtually the whole nobility of Castile and Aragon was contaminated with Jewish blood." "It is full of curious details of family history most unpleasing to family pride, and richly deserved the name which it obtained of 'Tizon de la nobleza, ' or ' Blot on the nobility.' " Compare Kayserling's Ohristopher Columbus, page 21. Again, in speaking of the period 1760, when both the Portuguese and German Jews of England were eager to offer their congratulations to George III, upon his accession, the same writer says (p. 117): " In truth, hitherto the somewhat haughty Sephardic Jews had looked upon their pushing, thriving and rising German brethren with a rather doubtful eye; very much in the same way, perhaps, as a marquis of ancient descent regards from his paternal acres...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236840267
  • 9781236840264