Rafael M. Pérez García y Manuel F. Fernández Chaves

La política civil y religiosa sobre el matrimonio y la endogamia de los moriscos en la España del siglo XVI

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  • In this paper
  • the authors draw the main lines of royal and church policies that tried to devise the acculturation of newly converted christians from the granadan recently conquested (and converted since 1502) population and the mudejares already present in Castilian soil. In a first moment
  • these policies aimed to curb the familiar solidarities based upon the familiar bounds that reinforced the cultural resistance of the Moriscos who chose to marriage with relatives very often. To do so
  • mixed marriages with old christians were promoted
  • as well as the breaking of pre-islamic marriage traditions
  • hindering the cultural practices that composed the traditional islamic heritage. All that measures failed
  • lingered by the crown in exchange of monetary services provided by the newly converted. These objectives were newly prosecuted after the Moriscos rebellion and later deportation all over Castile after 1570. By their part
  • the Moriscos were soon concious about the new rules about endogamy and marriage used in christianity
  • and they showed a very strong attitude to adapt to the new circumstances
  • if doing so they could maintain their familiar and social bounds or even strengthen them. The Moriscos accomplished the ecclesiastial behests for obtaining papal licenses for marriyng in forbidden degrees
  • showing a very clever strategy for avoiding the policies developed for their better integration in the old christian society


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