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Double Identity in the world of the Spanish Inquisition: the moriscos of Spain – Christian or Islamic, Spaniards or ‘Moors’?

Date/Time: Thursday 28 November, 2019 - 6:00pm

Date/Time End: Thursday 28 November, 2019 - 7:30pm

Venue: Park Building (Room 2.23), King Henry I Street, Portsmouth PO1 2AB

The Tenth Portsmouth Ramón Pérez De Ayala Lecture on Spanish Civilisation by Professor Trevor Dadson

When Ferdinand and Isabella conquered Granada in 1492 they brought to an end nearly eight hundred years during which Islamic civilisation had flourished throughout the country. Ten years later they expelled all ‘Moors’ who refused to convert to Catholicism: hundreds of thousands decided to convert and they became known as ‘moriscos’. They lived in perpetual danger, despised by their Christian neighbours, persecuted by the Inquisition and exploited vindictively by the crown and by local nobles.

In this presentation, Professor Trevor Dadson will examine the daily terrors that marked the lives of the moriscos, who huddled together for protection in small and often isolated communities. He has analysed their lives in highly-acclaimed studies, most recently in The Moriscos of the Campo de Calatrava: Tolerance and Coexistence in Early Modern Spain (Tamesis Books, 2014) and brings profound (and unique) learning to the topic.

Professor Dadson is recognised internationally as one of the leading authorities on Spanish history and civilisation in the period 1450-1700. His many distinctions include Fellowships of both the British Academy and the Real Academia de Historia de Espana. He was formerly Vice-Chancellor of Queen Mary College, University of London.

Professor Dadson is the world’s leading authority on the moriscos of Spain and has published extensively on them : his lecture will address the duality of their lives as the last remnants of the great Islamic civilisation in Spain (711-1492) and will highlight the range of difficulties (personal, political and psychological) facing a persecuted minority in a time of profound religious and cultural intolerance.

All are welcome and admission is free, but please book your place on Eventbrite

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