Spanish Inquisition | Jewish history | Rare books & Manuscriptsby Natasha Pizzey, Mexico City
4 June 2017
A story of torture, betrayal and persecution is captivating Mexicans almost 500 years after it happened.
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...