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Yosef Kaplan

Print publication date: 1989

Print ISBN-13: 9780197100608

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780197100608.001.0001

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From Portugal to Spain: The Alvares de Orobio Family

From Portugal to Spain: The Alvares de Orobio Family

(p.1) 1 From Portugal to Spain: The Alvares de Orobio Family
From Christianity to Judaism

Yosef Kaplan

Liverpool University Press

This chapter traces the origin of Baltazar de Orobio, who was born around the year 1617 in Braganza, in the north of Portugal. Baltazar's family had been settled there for at least four generations and had had its taste of tribulation at the hands of the Portuguese Inquisition. During the second decade of the century, members of the family were beginning to emigrate to Spain, as were many other Portuguese crypto-Jews at the same period, in an endeavour to escape the clutches of the Lusitanian Inquisition, the range of whose activities reached its zenith at the end of the sixteenth and the beginning of the seventeenth centuries. Many Portuguese crypto-Jews regarded Spain as a mere staging-post on their route to the lands of freedom, where they intended to revert to the open profession of Judaism. Already in his childhood, Baltazar had had experience of the double life of the crypto-Jew. The chapter then recounts Baltazar Alvares’ experience as a medical student at the University of Osuna in Andalusia and at the University of Alcalá. It also details Baltazar's account of the plague at Malaga in 1637.

Keywords:   Baltazar de Orobio, Portugal, Portuguese Inquisition, Spain, Portuguese crypto-Jews, Lusitanian Inquisition, Judaism, Baltazar Alvares, University of Osuna, University of Alcalá

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