A Miscellany of Britain: People, Places, History, Culture, by Tom O'Meara

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John the Evangelist was hidden with other relics in the upper part of the “Torre Turpiana”—a reference to the 1588 finds. The discovery sent the city of Granada into paroxysms of joy. Primed by their experience of the discoveries in the minaret seven years before, the people of Granada responded to the relics recovered from the Sacromonte with enthusiastic devotion. ”17 Penitent Granadinos made barefoot pilgrimages to the caves, where they kept silent vigils. 18 Felipe Navarro, a beneficed parish priest of the Church of St.

81 Local and Crown authorities repeatedly legislated against these and other markers of religious and community identity by issuing decrees prohibiting Morisco clothing and jewelry, the use of Arabic, and cultural and religious practices such as circumcision and the ritual slaughter of animals. The Christian population reciprocated the ambivalence of the Moriscos toward their new neighbors. Whereas elite Granadinos welcomed Moriscos with wealth or noble blood into their ranks, most immigrants mistrusted Moriscos.

63 While Converso councillors were certainly not unknown in other cities, the rather motley membership of Granada’s city council highlights the unusual degree of social opportunity and mobility to be found in postconquest Granada. While not all city councillors were members of the nobility (hidalgos), over the course of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, as in other cities throughout the Spanish kingdoms, the city council, and Granada’s social and political elites in general, took on an increasingly patrician cast.

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