A Memorandum for the President of the Royal Audiencia and Chancery Court of the City and Kingdom of Granada

A Memorandum for the President of the Royal Audiencia and Chancery Court of the City and Kingdom of Granada

Francisco Núñez Muley

Print publication date: 2013

ISBN: 9780226547268

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

Conquered in 1492 and colonized by invading Castilians, the city and kingdom of Granada faced radical changes imposed by its occupiers throughout the first half of the sixteenth century—including the forced conversion of its native Muslim population. Written by one of many coerced Christian converts, this letter lodges a clear-sighted, impassioned protest against the unreasonable and strongly assimilationist laws that required all converted Muslims in Granada to dress, speak, eat, marry, celebrate festivals, and be buried exactly as the Castilian settler population did. Now available in an English translation, the account is an example of how Spain's former Muslims made active use of the written word to challenge and openly resist the progressively intolerant policies of the Spanish Crown.