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From Christianity to JudaismStory of Isaac Orobio de Castro$
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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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Imprisoned by the Seville Inquisition

Imprisoned by the Seville Inquisition

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(p.79) 4 Imprisoned by the Seville Inquisition
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From Christianity to Judaism
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Yosef Kaplan

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9780197100608.003.0004

This chapter examines Philip van Limborch's account of the imprisonment, investigation, and condemnation of Baltazar Orobio de Castro in 1654, when the Seville tribunal of the Inquisition gave orders for the arrest of the Alvares family. According to Limborch, it was Orobios’ Moorish slave who informed upon him to the inquisitors in order to get even with his master who once had him flogged for stealing. Four days later, someone else who entertained feelings of hostility towards Baltazar and who wished to give vent to them reported his links with Judaism. It was these denunciations that led to his being put behind bars. Meanwhile, Orobios’ brother-in-law, Simón Rodríguez, suspected that Francisco Rodríguez Almeida, who had been placed under arrest by the Cordoba Inquisition, had denounced the Alvares family and had pinned false charges on them, out of a desire to revenge himself on Baltazar for having jilted his daughter. A substantial portion of the archives of the Seville Inquisition has been lost; for Baltazar Alvares, his mother Mencia, and his three sisters, there are summaries only. From these summaries, it is possible to reconstruct the course of their investigation during their long imprisonment.

Keywords:   imprisonment, Baltazar Orobio de Castro, Seville Inquisition, Alvares family, Judaism, Francisco Rodríguez Almeida

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