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1468. He took the name Edward Brandon or Brampton, and parlayed the fact that Edward IV was his godfather (as he was of all Jewish converts) into a court introduction, success as a trader, governorship of the island of Guernsey, and (in 1483) a knighthood. (Brandon's refashioning of Adidas Yeezy Buy Uk
Admittedly, these are spectacular and romantic special cases. But these unusual figures are allied by family relationship as well as by religious heritage with the more ordinary Jews. Unable or unwilling to strike out for the Levant, humbler Marranos moved through the Peninsula, the Low Countries, and England, coping by flight, evasiveness, and duplicity with intermittent accusations of Jewish worship. When found out the Marrano in England caused scandal because, while in Spain or Portugal he claimed to have had converted to Catholicism and in England he lived as a Protestant, throughout his life he covertly remained a Jew. Here are excerpts from the statement made by Simao del Mercado, a Portuguese New Christian being interrogated in Antwerp. . .
(12)Simao's testimony is an extraordinary tissue of forgetfulness, evasions, and impla.
was done by force when he was a boy of ten years, and that all the same he has never changed from the Catholic religion, and on being summoned to reply categorically on this point he did not wish to do it, otherwise than as aforesaid. Interrogated as to whether he knows the Articles of the Roman Catholic faith, he says that he has known them and that he could remember them to himself, but he did not know how to repeat them, and when it was put to him whether he had been to certain Jewish congregations to pray with other Jews in Amsterdam . . . where all the Portuguese Jews assemble for prayers, he said that if this is so, it was that he was taken there forcibly, or indeed to speak or deal with certain friends or merchants. He would not explain himself further on this subject more accurately although he was many times challenged about it.
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