Academic journal article Medium Aevum

'Misera Hispania': Jews and 'Conversos' in Alonso De Espina's 'Fortalitium Fidei'

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

'Misera Hispania': Jews and 'Conversos' in Alonso De Espina's 'Fortalitium Fidei'

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Rosa Vidal Doval, 'Misera Hispania': Jews and 'Conversos' in Alonso de Espina's 'Fortalitium fidei', Medium Aevum Monographs 31 (Oxford: Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature, 2013). 182 pp. ISBN 978-0907570-26-4. £30.00.

Alonso de Espina's Fortalitium fidei is one of the key texts in the controversy surrounding the devotional and social status of conversos in fifteenth-century Castile. In this major new contribution to scholarship, Vidal Doval provides a detailed analytical reading of Espina's text, along with a historical and biographical introduction to the author, and a finely articulated consideration of the social and intellectual contexts in which his work was produced. After a short preface, the opening chapter, 'The origins of the converso debate' (pp. 1-32), explores the historical emergence of the converso problem in medieval Spanish society, outlining a range of existing historiographical approaches before alighting on the figure of Espina and setting out what is known of the immediate context of the Fortalitium fidei. Particular attention is paid to Espina's status as a charismatic Observant Franciscan, and the attempt to present himself as an isolated outsider, calling out from the wilderness to denounce the ills of society in a blatant display of medieval self-fashioning. The second chapter, 'The contours of the converso debate' (pp. 33-65), counterbalances the focus on Espina by offering a study of three representative works of theology written in defence of conversos: Alonso de Cartagena's Defensorium unitatis christianae, Juan de Torquemada's Tractatus contra madianitas et ismaelitas, and Alonso de Oropesa's Lumen ad revelationem gentium. …

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