The Conversos and Moriscos in Late Medieval Spain and Beyond 

Volume 1. Departures and Change


Editor: Kevin Ingram
Converso and Morisco are the terms applied to those Jews and Muslims who converted to Christianity in large numbers and usually under duress in late medieval Spain. The Converso and Morisco Studies publications will examine the implications of these mass conversions for the converts themselves, for their heirs (also referred to as Conversos and Moriscos) and for medieval and modern Spanish culture. As the essays in this first volume attest, the study of the Converso and Morisco phenomena is not only important for those scholars focused on Spanish society and culture, but for academics everywhere interested in the issues of identity, Otherness, nationalism, religious intolerance and the challenges of modernity.

Contributors are Michel Boeglin, William Childers, Barbara Fuchs, Mercedes García-Arenal, Juan Gil, Luis M. Girón-Negrón, Kevin Ingram, Francisco Márquez Villanueva, Mark D. Meyerson, Vincent Parello, Francisco Peña Fernández, Fernando Rodríguez Mediano, Elaine Wertheimer, Nadia Zeldes, and Leonor Zozaya Montes.

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Kevin Ingram, Ph.D. (2006) in History, University of California, San Diego, is Assistant Professor of Modern History at Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus.
"Recommended to both specialists and non-specialists, this collection provides a wide-ranging picture of recent scholarship on Moriscos and, more generally, of religious minorities in Spain. Ingram has done a commendable job in bringing together essays that inform common subjects […] The translation work by Nicola Stapleton and William Childers is admirable." – Daniel I. Wasserman-Soler, Oberlin College, in: Sixteenth Century Journal 44/2 (2013), p. 632
"The wide scope of the analysis makes the book valuable for other scholars interested in the problems of religion, intolerance and religious minorities in the sixteenth century, establishing a very good springboard to jump into the stream of Converso and Morisco studies." – Manuel F. Fernández Chaves, University of Seville, in: Sehepunkte 11/7-8 (2011) (15.07.2011)
"An innovative approach to the conversos and moriscos themes as related socio-cultural phenomena in Spanish history. […] The thoughtful editing of Kevin Ingram succeeds in producing an interrelated set of essays while allowing for individual methods and interpretations. The editor has assembled a coherent collection of essays incorporating the changing perspectives that have emerged in converso and morisco studies." – Raúl Marrero-Fente, University of Minnesota, in: The Journal of Ecclesiastical History 65/1 (January 2014), pp. 182-184
"Dans l’ensemble, l’ouvrage répond clairment aux objectifs de départ, volotairment restreints, en s’appuyant sut des contributions très bien documentées qui viennent enirichi l’information de cette insatiable hisotire des morisques et des conversos dans la Péninsule ibérique." – Edouard Sylvène, Université Lyon 3, in: Revue d’histoire ecclésiastique
Introduction, Kevin Ingram
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1. On the Concept of Mudejarism, Francisco Márquez Villanueva
2. Seeking the Messiah: Converso Messianism in Post-1453 Valencia, Mark D. Meyerson
3. ‘If There Were God’: The Problem of Unbelief in the Vision deleytable, Luis M. Girón-Negrón
4. Converso Voices in 15th- and 16th-Century Spanish Literature, Elaine Wertheimer
5. ‘Berenjeneros’: The Aubergine Eaters of Toledo, Juan Gil
6. Sicilian Converts after the Expulsion: Inter-Community relations, Acceptance and Rejection, Acculturation and the Preservation of Group Identity, Nadia Zeldes
7. A Thorn in the Community: Popular Religious Practice and Converso Dissidence in Molina de Aragon, Leonor Zozaya Montes
8. Inquisition and Crypto-Judaism: The “Complicity” of the Mora Family of Quintanar de la Orden, Vincent Parello
9. Between Rumor and Resistance: The Andalucian Morisco ‘Uprising’ of 1580, Michel Boeglin
10. Jerónimo Román de la Higuera and the Lead Books of Sacramonte, Mercedes García-Arenal & Fernando Rodríguez Mediano
11. Manzanares 1600: Moriscos from Granada Head a ‘Moors and Christians’ Fair, William Childers
12. Maurophipilia and the Morisco Subject, Barbara Fuchs
13. Sancho Panza and the Mimesis of Solomon: Medieval Jewish Traditions in Don Quijote, Francisco Peña Fernández
14. Historiography, Historicity and the Conversos, Kevin Ingram

An academic and informed non academic readership interested in Early Modern socio-cultural history, the history and literature of Spain and Portugal and the history of the Jews and Muslims in Spain and beyond.