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Did Cervantes’s family have Jewish roots?

The following article by Marion Fischel examines the age old question regarding Miguel Cervantes family background.

Nafpaktos - Miguel de Cervantes

Nafpaktos – Miguel de Cervantes (Photo credit: Ava Babili)


His masterpiece, Don Quixote includes references to Limpieza de Sangre – Purity of Blood (from Jewish or Moorish origins) which had originated in the middle of the 15th century. Whatever his background, it indicates that Cervantes was certainly aware of the challenges that descendants of New Christians continued to face in the 16th century.

Posted  Rabbi Juan Bejarano-Gutierrez the director of the B’nei Anusim Center for Education and author of What is Kosher?


One comment on “Did Cervantes’s family have Jewish roots?

  1. Pingback: Was Miguel de Cervantes a Crypto-Jew? – B'nei Anusim Center for Education

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This entry was posted on September 11, 2013 by in Crypto-Jewish History and tagged , , , , , , .
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