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79–98. In particular, the Royal Nasrid Guard was made up of elches (Luis Seco de Lucena Paredes, Orígenes del orientalismo literario, Santander, 1963, p. 32). On the continuation of this phenomenon in the modern day and age, see Bartolomé Bennassar, Les chrétiens d’Allah. L’histoire extraordinaire des renégats. XVIe et XVIIe siècles, Paris, 1989. 46 Ponerse el turbante (“Put on a turban”) meant ‘islamise’. Thus a character in Fernando de Zárate-Antonio Enríquez Gómez’s comedy, Las misas de San Vicente Ferrer, refers to an apostate as “who put on the turban/and abandoned the true God”; see David M.

What up until then had been a grudging recognition of limited contacts between the Christian and Islamic cultures on the Iberian Peninsula, now became a much deeper conceptualization of medieval Spanish history. The term itself is derived from the Arabic word mudéjar or “tributary,”1 which medieval Castilian used to designate any Muslim who accepted non-Islamic sovereignty in return for guaranteed cultural and religious freedom. The term gained modern currency as a historiographical concept in the field of the visual arts as of 1859, when José Amador de los Ríos referred to it in his acceptance speech to the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, * Translated by Nicola Stapleton.

Introduction 19 by a city government perpetually suspicious of a group that remained both marginal and unified. Almost a century after Spain’s Muslims had been forced to convert to Christianity, their situation continued to deteriorate. More politically powerful and socially flexible, the Conversos’ position was considerably better. However, even this group was continually challenged by limpieza de sangre legislation that cast it as alien and ignoble. Faced with this obstacle, most New Christians chose to take the path of least resistance and lie about their ancestry.

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