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100 Spanish leaflets on the Inquisition - Instructions, edicts, decrees, lists of autos de fe & other documents - April 2018
100 Spanish leaflets on the Inquisition - Instructions, edicts, decrees, lists of autos de fe & other documents - April 2018

This seventh exhibition organized by Bibliotheca Sefarad shows a wide selection of leaflets (one hundred and eight) related to the Inquisition and published in Spain.

The Spanish Inquisition and its three and a half centuries of existence is, without a doubt, one of the institutions that has had the greatest impact on Spanish history, thought, science, culture and mindset. Established by the Catholic Monarchs and authorized by Pope Sixtus IV in 1478, it was a tribunal dependent on and at the service of the Spanish monarchy, created to persecute the Jewish converts accused of Judaizing. Over time, the Holy Office incorporated “heresies” (Islamizing Moors, Lutherans, Protestants, etc.) and “crimes” (witchcraft, bigamy, sodomy, etc.) into its...
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Authors from Sefarad - The intellectual output of Spanish Jews in medieval times - April 2017
Authors from Sefarad - The intellectual output of Spanish Jews in medieval times - April 2017

This is the sixth exhibition organized by Bibliotheca Sefarad with the purpose of showing works contributed by Spanish Jews in medieval times.

It is now common knowledge that for 1500 years, Jews inhabited Sefarad, be that under Christian rulers or Muslim rulers. Defining chapters of Jewish history were written in Sefarad. A most checkered history. Persecutions, vicious libels, the Inquisition and last the expulsion from Spain certainly cast a tragic gloom on the fate of Spanish Jews but those should not overshadow the awesome accomplishments that were brought about in the glorious periods of Judeo Iberian history.

For long stretches of those times, Jews started communities that thrived and saw the adv...
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Against Jews. Anti-jewish books in a Spain without jews. - April 2016
Against Jews. Anti-jewish books in a Spain without jews. - April 2016

This fifth exhibition organised by Bibliotheca Sefarad comprises a wide selection of Spanish anti-Jewish books, almost all being published in times where Jews were not able to live in Spain.

The most particular thing about antisemitism - and this is not a Spanish particularity-, lies in the fact that it is a phobia which does not require the presence of those hated, and is often impervious to truth and facts. Antisemitism perpetuated itself through centuries and lies and defamation that had already been refuted and uncloaked not only by Jews, but also by the 'good Christians'.

In Spain, after the Expulsion of the Jews in 1492, converts (Jews, as well as their descendants, who were forcibly converted by means of...
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