This work, the fruit of intense research work spanning several years, examines the first serious attempt by the descendants of the Sephardim--the Jews expelled from Spain in 1492--to "return to Sepharad" more than three decades after the abolition of the Inquisition. At the beginning of the nineteenth century a trend towards historical revisionism, backed by Liberals, whose influence was pivotal at the Cortes de Cádiz (the national assembly convened to assert Spanish sovereignty, introduce reform, and establish a modern Spanish nation), combined with economic factors, culminated in the abolition of the Inquisition in 1834. This paved the way, ideologically, for the freedom of worship to be proclaimed in Spain on the heels of La Septembrina, or La Gloriosa, the September Revolution of 1868 in which Queen Isabel II was deposed. European Sephardic Jews, galvanized by their perception of a tolerant Spain, decided to undertake a major project to initiate negotiations with the Spanish state.
Mónica Manrique was born in Budapest, Hungary into a family of Spanish diplomats and has lived all over the world since childhood. A multi-faceted polyglot, she graduated with a degree in History from the Université de Pau (France) and holds a PhD in History from the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares (Spain). She has published numerous articles related to the history of the Jews in Spain.
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