The Many Lives of Two Portuguese Conversos

Dear Readers,

I have been traveling for my engineering job a lot this year and have not been able to post for sometime. I wanted to post a link to a fascinating article about two Portuguese Conversos.  The story of  Miguel Fernandes and Rui Teixeira were found in the Tribunal of the Holy Office in Rome is written by James Nelson Novoa and is featured in the Hispania Judaica Bulletin.

The story of these two individuals is interesting, in part, because they were arrested in Rome. They had lived in Pisa and had made their way to the Italian Peninsula along with many other Conversos of Spanish and Portuguese backgrounds.While the Italian Peninsula was generally a safe haven for many Conversos, the  Inquisition was active and was a threat to Conversos.

The link to the article is below:

On another note,  I am slowly working on several book projects. One of which will, G-d willing be, the follow up to Secret Jews. This book will focus on Conversos in the Caribbean and in New Spain. As things progress, I hope to list chapters or sections that are in process.

Posted by Rabbi Juan Bejarano-Gutierrez the director of the B’nei Anusim Center for Education and the author of Secret Jews: The Complex Identity of Crypto-Jews and Crypto-Judaism


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