This text, from Toledo in 1449, is the earliest known reference to Jewish blood, as opposed to Jewish beliefs and rituals (judaizing), being held against Christian conversos in Spain. The underlying issue seems to have been fears on the part of the "old Christian" ruling class in Toledo that their power was threatened by the rise of the "new Christians," the descendants of Jewish converts to Christianity who, for the most part, had been forcibly baptized during the infamous progroms of 1391.
© 2008 Kenneth Baxter Wolf
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Wolf, Kenneth B. “Sentencia-Estatuto de Toledo, 1449.” Medieval Texts in Translation, 2008. Web. 22 May 2009. canilup.googlepages.com