This thesis addresses the relationship between anti-Judaism and the emergence of the Spanish state in the late medieval period. It examines the way anti-Judaism shaped Spanish attitudes and institutions in the 15th century. In particular, it explains the development of anti-Jewish sentiment which led to the anti-Jewish riots of 1391, and the consequent mass conversions and large new population of conversos. These conversos posed a challenge for Spanish society, with the Inquisition being the principal way in which that challenge was met.
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