ORIHUELA, city in Valencia, E. Spain. When it was captured during the Christian Reconquest by Alfonso X of Castile, the Jew, Jacob ibn Dino, was taken captive by a Christian knight. Abraham ibn Baḥya collected the taxes in Orihuela and nearby Elche between 1381 and 1384. The Jews in Orihuela were evidently baptized during the persecutions of 1391. The movement led by Inés, "the Maiden of *Herrera," in 1500 found adherents among the *Conversos in Orihuela.
Baer, Spain, 1 (1961), 114; Baer, Urkunden, 2 (1936), 536; García Serrano, in: Boletín de la Academia de la Historia, Madrid, 104 (1934), 216; López de Meneses, in: Sefarad, 14 (1954), 111; Bellot, in: F. Torres Fontes (ed.), Anales de Orihuela (1954). ADD. BIBLIOGRAPHY: J.B. Vilar, in: Sefarad, 36 (1976), 337–39; idem, in: Boletín de la Asociación Española de Orientalistas, 13 (1977), 175–86.
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