This was to be a stellar conference with scholars from Spain, Israel and the US discussing the Expulsion of 1492. The conference began in the Grand Ballroom of the Laromme Hotel with a banquet […] and a speech by Prof. Haim Beinart on the awful tragedy of the Expulsion and the huge number of Jewish lives, (around 800,000 he said) that were ruined as a result. It turned out as the conference proceeded that the Spanish scholars, who were now able to do micro research on what happened town by town in Spain, were holding that the Expulsion wasn’t so bad. The number of actual expellees was quite small, maybe around 10,000, and many of them came back because like all good Spaniards, they liked Spain better than the outside world.
Richard H. Popkin, ‘Introduction: Warts and all, part 2’, en James E. Force y David S. Katz (ed.), Everything connects: In conference with Richard H. Popkin. Essays in his honor, Leiden, Brill, 1999, pág. xlvii.
Casi habría que ponerlo en el proemio de cualquier biografía de Alfonso de Zamora. Ya se sabe, el jamón de Guijuelo y los langostinitos de Sanlúcar.
PD: ¿Y dónde se ha metido la referencia en este libro a que Popkin había preguntado si la carta que redactó Alfonso de Zamora en hebreo por orden del rector complutense ¿Zornoza? para el Papa llegó al Vaticano y le dijeron que no?