A Man of Three Worlds: Samuel Pallache, a Moroccan Jew in by Mercedes García-Arenal

By Mercedes García-Arenal

Within the past due 15th century, a number of the Jews expelled from Spain made their approach to Morocco and demonstrated a dynamic group in Fez. a few Jewish households turned popular in trade and public existence there. one of the Jews of Fez of Hispanic foundation was once Samuel Pallache, who served the Moroccan sultan as a advertisement and diplomatic agent in Holland till Pallache's demise in 1616. ahead of that, he had attempted to come along with his relations to Spain, and to this finish he attempted to transform to Catholicism and labored as an informer, middleman, and secret agent in Moroccan affairs for the Spanish courtroom. Later he turned a privateer opposed to Spanish ships and was once attempted in London therefore. His non secular identification proved to be as mutable as his political allegiances: while in Amsterdam, he used to be 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 glossy society, one way more interconnected, cosmopolitan, and fluid than is usually 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 info of the Atlantic-Mediterranean exchange. instantaneously a sweeping view of 2 continents, 3 faiths, and 5 geographical regions and an intimate tale of 1 man's awesome existence, a guy of 3 Worlds is heritage at its such a lot compelling.

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The trials of North African Jews in Málaga give some idea of the kind of contacts that were made between such Jews and the conversos. 63 As we have said, the Pallaches are not mentioned in any of the Inquisition trials we have located, and it is therefore impossible to state with certainty what they might have done to arouse the Inquisition’s curiosity about their lives in 1607. 64 Firstly, the mere possession of Hebrew papers, or papers containing Hebrew characters, was enough by itself to justify detention and imprisonment.

In March 1625, de Castro sent a statement from Lisbon providing information to be used against San Antonio, a former acquaintance. 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.

Spanish Jews had been taking refuge in Fez ever since the persecutions of the late fourteenth century. Large numbers of them went there immediately after the Expulsion of 1492, but they are also known to have fled to Fez even before that date. ” 2 Similar routes were taken in 1492. Options were limited: there were very few places in Europe where Jews were allowed to live as such—in practice, only Portugal and certain Italian cities, such as Venice—and this was the main reason why most Jews preferred to move to Islamic areas.

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