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Encouraged by Spain, Portugal's King Manuel I made conversion to Catholicism compulsory for Jews in 1497. This antisemitic sentiment rose to a fever pitch during the The Lisbon Massacre of April 1506, when the large Lisbon population of 'new Christians' became scapegoats for drought and economic strife. On April 19th, a converted Jew was thrown out of church for expressing doubts about a supposed Christ-like apparition at the altar which promised relief. He was brutally beaten and killed. Following this violent outburst, a handful of fanatical Dominican friars began promising absolution for sins to those who killed heretics, namely Jews and 'new Christians'. Over the course of the next two days, homes were sacked, neighbours were betrayed, and 1,900 innocents were killed. The King was out of the country, and his representatives were powerless against the crazed wave of Lisbon killers (who were mostly comprised of foreign sailors out to collect booty). The slaughter was a devastating preview of the brutality of the Inquisition, which would arrive in Portugal 30 years later. ... See more
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