marranism, marranoism

the forced conversion of Jews or Moors in medieval Spain. — marrano, n.
1. a history or registry of martyrs.
2. the branch of ecelesiastical history that studies the lives and deaths of martyrs.
3. an official catalog of martyrs and saints, arranged according to the dates of their feast days. — martyrologist, n.martyrologic, martyrological, adj.
See also: Catholicism
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Though the Marrano Jew provides a convenient figure for cultural anxiety, the anxiety isn't about Marranism, or Jewishness, or even (at that moment in time) about emerging ideas of race and nation, but about cultural change and a fluid sense of self that one could call "modern.
Even accounts of Doctor Roderigo Lopez, Queen Elizabeth's traitorous physician and the most notorious Marrano in sixteenth-century England, are interesting for their suppression of references to his Jewishness, as though treason was a disambiguating category that made the ambiguities of Marranism irrelevant.
25) But more typical is the balanced attitude expressed by Samuel Purchas in his collection of voyages, in a context where Marranism is not at issue.
Outside the threatening context of Marranism, Englishmen seem to have regarded Jews as men and women of flesh and blood whose values and conduct could be discussed in much the same sorts of terms one would use for any other strangers.
The particular circumstances of Marranism in Elizabethan England rendered more plausible the use of Jewishness as a figure for widespread Christian misconduct.
He also notes that this condition of madness is ultimately a modern form of personality, and he works with the notion that Marranism is now a trait of the modern mind.
Masks in the mirror; Marranism in Jewish experience.
A Study in Seventeenth-Century Marranism and Jewish Apologetics (New York: Columbia University Press, 1971).