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The 10th Portsmouth Ramón Pérez De Ayala Lecture on Spanish Civilisation by Professor Trevor Dadson

28 Nov 2019 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Park Building (Room 2.23)



The Hispanist and British historian Trevor Dadson is the invited speaker to talk about ‘Double Identity in the world of the Spanish Inquisition: the moriscos of Spain – Christian or Islamic, Spaniards or ‘Moors’ ?’ for the Ramón Pérez de Ayala Lecture 2019, organised by the University of Portsmouth.

When Ferdinand and Isabella conquered Granada in 1492 they brought to an end nearly eight hundred years during which Islamic civilisation had flourished throughout the country. Ten years later they expelled all ‘Moors’ who refused to convert to Catholicism: hundreds of thousands decided to convert and they became known as ‘moriscos’. They lived in perpetual danger, despised by their Christian neighbours, persecuted by the Inquisition and exploited vindictively by the crown and by local nobles.

Professor Dadson is internationally recognised as one of the leading experts in this subjetc, with numerous publications on the moriscos of Spain. In this occasion, he will examine the daily terrors that marked the lives of the moriscos, who huddled together for protection in small and often isolated communities. He has analysed their lives in highly-acclaimed studies, most recently in The Moriscos of the Campo de Calatrava: Tolerance and Coexistence in Early Modern Spain (Tamesis Books, 2014) and brings profound (and unique) learning to the topic.

The Lecture takes place in alternate years at the Universities of Portsmouth and Southampton. It was inaugurated in 1994 and is intended to serve at once as a celebration of the contribution by the Universities of Portsmouth and Southampton to Spanish Studies in the United Kingdom and as a means of bringing the academic and civic communities of the two cities together.

Admission is free, but please book your place on Eventbrite.