And if Jews were free in the Low Countries in the XVI century, Spanish rule was not that bad.
Anyway, and once more, I am not defending the expulsion of the Jews in 1492
: Not all countries expelled the Jews Manuel.
: When the jews were expelled from the Iberian
: peninsula, many were welcomed with open arms
: in the Dutch provinces.
: And the Jews were very much instrumental in
: the evolution of Amsterdam from being a
: small town in the 14-15th centuries to being
: the trading capital of the world in the 16th
: century and beyond (also thanks to tradesmen
: from Antwerp who arrived in the 16th
: And of course one of the biggest Dutch
: philosophers descends from the sephardic
: jews: Spinoza.
: --Previous Message--
: I agree. There can be no arguments about
: Isabel's great impact on the course of
: western civilization with her crucial role
: in the unification of Spain and
: all-important sponsorship of Columbus's
: voyages etc. In my opinion, I thought the
: author might have discussed a bit more about
: the ultimately disastrous consequences for
: Spain's economy and intellectual development
: as a result of her decisions to expel the
: Jewish and Muslim populations and her
: introduction of the Inquisition. However
: this article reinforces my enjoyment of the
: recent Spanish TV series "Isabel"
: and comes as a timely accompaniment to it!
: This article is a summary of the book. Let's
: see the book. Anyway, I am glad how he
: treats this subject in the article.
: Especially when he says that all European
: countries applauded the expulsion of the
: jews. I am always surprised about the
: criticism of the Spanish jews. As the
: article says, it must be understood with the
: mentality of those times and we must have in
: mind that Spain was the last European
: country to expel its jews. Britain, for
: example, did it some centuries before.
: Of course, it was a disaster for the Spanish
: And the Catholic Monarchs did not expel
: Muslims. That happened in the XVII century.
: And about the Inquisition, even if it was
: bad for the country and its evolution, it
: was not so cruel, as depicted by the black
: legend. In more than 3 centuries, around
: 3000 people were sentenced to death.
: Killings of Catholics in England or Geneve
: by Calvin showed higher numbers, if we
: compare the periods of time. And even worse
: if we compare it to the Huguenots. Spain was
: not the first country to introduce the
: Inquisition and its trials had more
: guarantees than ordinary tribunals. Of
: course, I am not defending the Inquisition.
: I know you enjoyed the TV series Isabel, but
: have you seen the 3 series?.
: Will Brexit really affect the plans of
: long-term British residents to become
: Spanish citizens anymore than, say, it would
: for any prospective Spanish citizens born
: outside Europe?
: Many would like (well, need not like) to
: become Spanish citizens, but Spain does not
: allow dual citizenship with the UK. Mostly
: if they lose the access to the health
Message Thread | This response ↓
« Back to index