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Hebrew Poems from Spain$
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David Goldstein

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113669

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113669.001.0001

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Todros Ben Judah Abulafia

Todros Ben Judah Abulafia

(p.143) Todros Ben Judah Abulafia
Hebrew Poems from Spain

David Goldstein

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores the poetry of Todros ben Judah Abulafia. Todros ben Judah Halevi Abulafia was born in Toledo in 1247. Alfonso of Castille attracted many Jews to his court, and Todros was among those who sought wealthy patrons in an effort to reach the royal favour, and he did indeed succeed in being received by the king, to whom he dedicated a number of verses. One of his patrons, Don Isaac de la Maleha, was executed by the king in 1279. Todros himself was imprisoned with many other Jews of Castille, and held for ransom. In 1281, however, he was released amid circumstances which are unknown. He appears to have received the approbation of Alfonso’s successor, Sancho IV. The chapter then looks at Todros’s poem From Prison.

Keywords:   Todros ben Judah Abulafia, Alfonso of Castille, Spanish Jews, Castille, Sancho IV, Jewish poet, Jewish poetry

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