Pero López de Ayala’s Rimado de Palacio (c. 1385 – c. 1403): Candid Perceptions of Jewish Power around the Violence of 1391

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Abstract

The anti-Jewish revolts of 1391 are traditionally blamed on the hateful preacher Ferran Martinez. This narrative was promoted by the Chancellor of Castile, Pero Lуpez de Ayala (1332–1407), in the early passages of his chronicle of the child King Enrique III. However, Lуpez de Ayala’s Rimado de Palacio offers more insightful perspectives on these events. Read as a historical source, the Rimado adds nuance to the notion of the monarchy’s alliance with its Jewries, whilst unearthing courtly anxieties against Jewish power. Ayala blends the ingredients of mirrors of princes, contempt for the world, satire, mester de clerecнa, and moralistic glosses of Patristic and Biblical matter, taking inspiration from classicism, Roman historiography and philosophy, Christian Scholasticism, and an incipient Spanish Humanism in the vernacular. Against the backdrop of 1391, Lуpez de Ayala’s work pre-empts an approach to political Judaism that will define the frictions of the fifteenth century.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-28
Number of pages28
JournalCAS Working Paper Series
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2023

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