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Limpieza de sangre
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1. Spain

At the beginning of the early modern period in Spain, limpieza de sangre (“purity of blood”) meant “Old Christian” descent without Jewish or Muslim ancestors. The term emerged during the 15th century as an instrument for social differentiation of the long-established Christian population from the Jews who had converted to Christianity. Since the anti-Jewish riots of 1391, the number of converts (Spanish conversos) had risen steadily. Until their ejection i…

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Büschges, Christian, “Limpieza de sangre”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023415>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801

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