- History of the Marranos in England
The History of Marranos in England consists of the
Marranos' contribution and achievement in England.
Arrival of Marranos
Toward the middle of the
seventeenth centurya considerable number of Marrano merchants settled in Londonand formed there a secret , at the head of which was Antonio Fernandez Carvajal. They conducted a large business with the Levant, East and West Indies, Canary Islands, and Brazil, and above all with the Netherlands, Spain, and Portugal. They formed an important link in the network of trade spread especially throughout the Spanish and Portuguese world by the Marranos or secret Jews (see Commerce). Their position enabled them to give Cromwell and his secretary, Thurloe, important information as to the plans both of Charles Stuart in Hollandand of the Spaniards in the New World(see L. Wolf, "Cromwell's Secret Intelligencers"). Outwardly they passed as Spaniards and Catholics; but they held prayer-meetings at Cree Church Lane, and became known to the government as Jews by faith.
Puritans call for the Jews' return
Meanwhile public opinion in England had been prepared by the
Puritanmovement for a sympathetic treatment of any proposal by the Judaizing sects among the extremists of the Parliamentary party for the readmission of the Jews into England. Petitions favoring readmission had been presented to the army as early as 1649by two Baptists of Amsterdam, Johanna Cartwright and her son Ebenezer ("The Petition of the Jews for the Repealing of the Act of Parliament for Their Banishment out of England"); and suggestions looking to that end were made by men of the type of Roger Williams, Hugh Peters, and by Independents generally. Many were moved in the same direction by mystical Messianic reasons; and their views attracted the enthusiasm of Menasseh Ben Israel, who in 1650published his "Hope of Israel", in which he advocated the return as a preliminary to the appearance of the Messiah. The Messiah could not appear till Jews existed in all the lands of the earth. According to Antonio de Montesinos, the Ten Tribeshad been discovered in the North-American Indians, and England was the only country from which Jews were excluded. If England admitted them, the Messianic age might be expected.
The Queen's Fool", historical novel by Philippa Gregory, is told from the point of view of a (fictional) Marrano girl living in England at the time of Queen Mary I.
History of the Jews in England
History of the Jews in England (1066-1200)
Edict of Expulsion
Resettlement of the Jews in England
Menasseh Ben Israel(1604-1657)
Jew Bill of 1753
Influences on the standing of the Jews in England
Emancipation of the Jews in England
Early English Jewish literature
History of the Jews in Scotland
Spanish and Portuguese Jews
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