Count Henry of Trastamara Murders 1,200 Jews in Toledo Hot

Count Henry of Trastamara Murders 1,200 Jews in Toledo

Coronation of Henry II of Castile
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More than 1,200 Jews in Toledo, Spain are killed by Count Henry of Trastamara. Henry is the illegitimate half-brother of King Peter of Castile ("Pedro the Cruel") and seeks to take power himself. One of his tools will be to accuse Peter of "Judeophilia," and Peter's patronage of a synagogue in Toledo has been offered as evidence.

The premeditated assault on and massacre of Jews in Toledo is thus useful for Henry to demonstrate that he would make a better king than his half-brother. In 1369, he will end the conflict by murdering Peter during peace negotiations.

Henry of Trastamara becomes King Henry II of Castile, founder of the dynasties of both Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon. These two monarchs will marry, unite Spain, and drive the Jews out of Spain entirely.

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