Bonafos Caballeria

Bonafos Caballeria (died 1464) was an anti-Jewish writer. He was the son of Solomon ibn Labi de la Caballeria of Zaragoza and assumed the name of "Micer Pedro" upon converting to Christianity. From his early youth he devoted himself to the study of Hebrew, Arabic and Latin languages, and gradually acquired a profound knowledge of civil and Canon law. He won the favor of Queen Maria, who appointed him commissioner of the Cortes which convened at Monzón and Alcañiz (1436–37); and all the liberties and privileges which the Caballeria family had enjoyed for a long time were confirmed to him and his descendants. Caballeria was twice married: first (before his conversion) to the former wife of Luis de Santángel, who obstinately resisted baptism, and then to Violente, a daughter of the wealthy Alfonso Ruiz of Daroca, who, like Caballeria, was a convert to Christianity. In the year 1450 Micer Pedro began his Zelus Christi Contra Judæos et Sarracenos, a book full of malevolence against his former coreligionists.

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