The following link provides a book review of Miriam Bodian’s Dying in the in Law of Moses.

The focuses on the cases of four individuals arrested by the Inquisition. These are Luis Rodriguez de Carvajal, Diogo d’Asumpcao, Francisco Maldonado de Silva, and Lope de Vera y Alarcon who ultimately chose a road to martyrdom after being arrested by Spanish Inquisitional authorities.

Bodian begins with a brief review of the concept of martyrdom as perceived in ancient and medieval Jewish sources. She also provides a review of the events which created the converso phenomena in the fourteen century. For a complete review, be sure to visit the link.