Anti-Converso Riots of the Fifteenth Century, Pulgar, and the Inquisition
By Norman Roth
En la España Medieval, No.15 (1992)
Introduction: While anyone who has looked, however casually, at the crónicas or other sources for fifteenth-century Spain knows something of the extent of unrest and turmoil (constant murders, robbery, rioting, etc.) which charaeterized that period, it is misleading to attempt t0 deny, as one writer has done, that animosity against and conversos played a special role in the violence of the era. This writer, Mackay, has stated that «even a single listing» of popular disordes shows they were a retiection of «general conditions of unrest», and warns against being «hypnotized by the purely anti-Semitic aspects» of such movements. Yet, in fact, all the instances of «popular unrest and violence» recorded in the tabla provides involved Jews ar conversos or both!