Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Secret Mexican diary sheds light on Spanish Inquisition |

Spanish Inquisition | Jewish history | Rare books & Manuscripts

by Natasha Pizzey, Mexico City
4 June 2017

Luis de Carvajal used gold leaf from Bibles to decorate the diary   
A story of torture, betrayal and persecution is captivating Mexicans almost 500 years after it happened.

The dramatic life and death of the Carvajal family in 16th-Century Mexico is in the spotlight after a decades-long search for a national treasure came to an unexpected happy ending.

Luis de Carvajal "The Young" came to Mexico - then known as New Spain - with his large, well-to-do family during the early colonisation of the Americas. 

His family governed part of northern Mexico and soon made enemies, including a power-hungry viceroy keen to topple them from power.

The ambitious viceroy discovered that Luis de Carvajal was a practising Jew, a crime punishable by death in the times of the Spanish Inquisition. 

Older relatives had urged Luis de Carvajal to convert to Catholicism for his own safety, but he staunchly stuck to his faith.  Read more...

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