Authority on the Spanish Inquisition
David M. Gitlitz is a writer, former provost and currently professor of Hispanic studies at the University of Rhode Island. David Gitlitz holds a B.A and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He divides his time among research on three broad areas: the Golden Age of Spanish literature, Spanish-Jewish history, and pilgrimages. He has authored or co-authored several books on Hispanic literature, Sephardic history, and pilgrimage, including:
Secrecy and Deceit: The Religion of the Crypto-Jews. Culled from Inquisition documents, David Gitlitz documents the religious customs of the Iberian Jews who converted to Catholicism, largely under duress, in the 14th and 15th centuries in Spain, Portugal, and their American colonies.
A Drizzle of Honey: an Inquisition cook-book. Forced to convert to Catholicism during the Inquisition, many Jews in Spain kept alive their culture and identity in secret. Their food traditions have been re-created in these recipes, which are mingled with stories about the people who created them.
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