A preliminary study of the Jewish quarters, Nájera (La Rioja)

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Abstract

The Jewish population of Nájera (La Rioja) formed one of the largest and most prominent aljamas within the Kingdom of Navarre and, later, in the Kingdom of Castile. Two separate Jewish quarters are documented within the city, but their location and chronology have not been the subject of a systematic survey. This paper presents preliminary results from a multi-year study of the urban remains of medieval Nájera that places the aljama of Nájera within its urban context. The Jews of Nájera are identified with two successive areas of occupation. The first, within the city proper, was occupied until the construction of Santa María la Real in 1052. The second, located above the city on the hill known as Malpica, was juridically independent of the Christian town and remained so until the expulsion of the Jews in 1492. This settlement can be identified with standing architectural remains on Malpica including a circuit wall and remains of substantial stone foundations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)324-340
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Medieval Iberian Studies
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2 2018

Keywords

  • Jewish quarter
  • Nájera
  • Santa María la Real
  • aljama
  • archaeology
  • battle of Nájera
  • kingdom of Castile
  • kingdom of Navarre
  • urbanism

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