Jerusalem Report

Keeping Spain Spanish

A short story describing the challenge a royal Jew faces on the eve of the Spanish Inquisition.

Forced to leave beloved Spain
Photo by: AVI KATZ
APRIL 15, 1492
To her Most Royal Catholic Highness, Isabella, Queen of Castille and Leon:

The Genoan madman who bears this letter assured me that he will be received into your august presence this very week. Knowing, as I do, how intelligent you are and how efficient you always have been in acquitting your duties as sovereign, I cannot give much credence to the claims of this man whose breath smells of sausage and whose speech consists mostly of arm-waving. But at this point I am desperate and have no other prospect for conveying a message to court.



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