By Mercedes García-Arenal

Within the overdue 15th century, some of the Jews expelled from Spain made their method to Morocco and validated a dynamic neighborhood in Fez. a few Jewish households grew to become widespread in trade and public lifestyles there. one of the Jews of Fez of Hispanic starting place was once Samuel Pallache, who served the Moroccan sultan as a advertisement and diplomatic agent in Holland till Pallache's loss of life in 1616. sooner than that, he had attempted to come back along with his kinfolk 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 as a result. His non secular identification proved to be as mutable as his political allegiances: while in Amsterdam, he was once devoutly Jewish; whilst in Spain, a devoted converso (a baptized Jew).In a guy of 3 Worlds, Mercedes García-Arenal and Gerard Wiegers view Samuel Pallache's international as a microcosm of early smooth 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 alternate. straight away a sweeping view of 2 continents, 3 faiths, and 5 geographical regions and an intimate tale of 1 man's extraordinary existence, a guy of 3 Worlds is historical past at its so much compelling.

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Jews from fez and the inquisition The archives of the Spanish Inquisition do not appear to contain a single reference to Samuel and Joseph Pallache or to the conflict that forced them to flee from Spain to France in 1607. However, records do exist of several other trials of Jews from Fez who were living in Madrid in the 14 a m an of three worlds same period. Some of these trial reports shed light on the general situation of Moroccan Jews at this time. They reveal a great deal about the conflicts within Moroccan territory that drove Jews from their country and that would almost certainly have had a similar effect on Samuel Pallache’s career.

De Castro had once lived in Madrid, where he had converted, and then moved to Lisbon where he worked for Jerónimo de Gobea, the bishop of Ceuta, who paid him a salary of two reales a day. 59 Francisco was initially accused of casting spells and enchantments, and of having the ability to locate hidden treasure. However, the Inquisition was not interested in trying him for witchcraft per se. It was rather more concerned about his use of amulets, or talismans, written in Hebrew. During his trial, Francisco declared that he was a thirty-three-year-old shoemaker, a “Jew by birth,” who had been born in the city of Marrakech in Morocco to a Jewish mother and father.

Samuel Pallache may easily have been implicated in either, or both, of these two “crimes” during the time he lived in Madrid. FR OM FEZ TO M ADRID 19 Further questions are raised by the evidence given at these trials. 65 The next chapter deals with the country they left behind. 1 It therefore seems logical to start this chapter with an outline of the history of Fez, placing particular emphasis on the fluctuating fortunes of its Jewish community after 1492. fez and marrakech: historical background Fez was one of the most important cities in the Islamic west during the medieval period, and it seems to have had a large number of Jewish inhabitants from the moment of its first foundation.

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