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By Mercedes García-Arenal

ISBN-10: 0801886236

ISBN-13: 9780801886232

Within the past due 15th century, some of the Jews expelled from Spain made their option to Morocco and confirmed a dynamic neighborhood in Fez. a couple of Jewish households grew to become well-known in trade and public lifestyles there. one of the Jews of Fez of Hispanic beginning was once Samuel Pallache, who served the Moroccan sultan as a advertisement and diplomatic agent in Holland until eventually Pallache's dying in 1616. prior to that, he had attempted to come back together with his relations to Spain, and to this finish he attempted to transform to Catholicism and labored as an informer, middleman, and undercover agent in Moroccan affairs for the Spanish courtroom. Later he turned a privateer opposed to Spanish ships and used to be attempted in London for this reason. His non secular id proved to be as mutable as his political allegiances: while in Amsterdam, he used to be devoutly Jewish; while in Spain, a devoted converso (a baptized Jew).In a guy of 3 Worlds, Mercedes García-Arenal and Gerard Wiegers view Samuel Pallache's global as a microcosm of early glossy society, one way more interconnected, cosmopolitan, and fluid than is frequently portrayed. Pallache's missions and misadventures took him from Islamic Fez and Catholic Spain to Protestant England and Holland. via those travels, the authors discover the workings of the Moroccan sultanate and the Spanish court docket, the Jewish groups of Fez and Amsterdam, and information of the Atlantic-Mediterranean exchange. without delay a sweeping view of 2 continents, 3 faiths, and 5 realms and an intimate tale of 1 man's amazing existence, a guy of 3 Worlds is historical past at its so much compelling.

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But they are so hard-working, and they know so much about business, that they commonly administer the estates of the king and of the alcaydes; because Moorish gentlemen, as I have said, do not hold the custom of trading in much esteem, nor do they understand so well as the Jews the little details and subtleties, and each one endeavors to have a Jew for his majordomo to govern his estate, and in this way the Jews enrich themselves greatly. Next to the king’s palace is the house they call that of the Çeca, where the coins are minted, and within which the alcayde lives, together with all the officials who understand the making of them, and close by is the silversmiths’ district and the house that has the seal and the hallmark for coins and decides the carat for gold and silver, since nothing can be made in Fez from those metals without them first being stamped with their hallmark, and being stamped they can use them as coinage by weight.

54 It is very striking to find such formulae written in Spanish at the foot of Arabic or Dutch documents destined for the States General of the Dutch Republic. 55 It is also quite clear that when he arrived in Holland, he knew no Dutch. All of these points raise further questions about Pallache’s background and the kind of education he may have received in his early years in Fez. In order to know more about such details as his possible physical appearance, his languages, and the kind of life he may have led before arriving in Madrid, let us examine the Inquisition trial records of some other Jews from Fez.

The New Jews of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Amsterdam had suffered painful and traumatic experiences in the Iberian Peninsula, which later led them to deny or suppress their collective memory of a “marrano” past. 5 The topic of past conversions was strictly taboo among the Jewish community and could not even be mentioned as a way of exalting Inquisition victims in one’s own family. 6 The reason for this silence is clear—these authors had great difficulty in accepting the Christian conversions of ancestors who had been born, and might have been brought up as, Jews.

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