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By Yitzhak Baer, Louis Schoffman, Benjamin R. Gampel

In the second one quantity of his vintage exploration of the Spanish-Jewish group, Baer covers such significant historic occasions because the Spanish Inquisition and the Expulsion of the Jews from Spain. This paintings examines the impact of church coverage at the Jewish inhabitants within the fifteenth century, and the issues at which Jewish tradition as an entire was once altered through Spain’s actions.

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But the plans for a federation of all the communities of Aragon did not materialize; and it was only with great difficulty, after the aid of the authorities had been invoked, that the sums advanced by Cresques Solomon and others for the expenses of the attempt to federate the communities were collected from the aljamas. In 1357, three years after the Barcelona conference, Pedro IV instructed his physician, Magister Joseph ibn Ardut (brother of Magister Eleazar and successor to his post) to wind up those accounts; and as late as 1368 the heirs of Cresques Solomon had not yet been entirely reimbursed for the sums advanced by their father.

In Aragon the disorders came earlier and bore the character of popular outbreaks; the authorities did not encourage them. Nevertheless, the communal takkanoth of 1354 (which will be discussed later) refer to anti-Jewish tri­ als and to the torture of Jews in order to make them confess to false charges. But the archives of the royal chancery of Aragon contain no references to such incidents. In Barcelona and smaller 24 THE ERA O F DECLINE IN ARAGON This Library PDF version is for the use on an institutional computer only.

But perhaps some notion can be inferred from conditions in the neighboring Kingdom of Navarre. The many instructive fragments of registers and documents from Navarre which have been preserved indicate that after the catastrophe of 1328 many of the Jewish com­ mercial firms of Navarre regained much of their former pros­ perity. These firms had an active share in the commerce of the country, particularly by importing cloth from Flanders and England; they also acted as commercial agents for the royal court.

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