18 junho, 2009


He [Montaigne] condemned the spanish Inquisition, and gives a horribly eloquent account of Portuguese "inhumanity" toward the Jews, who were sold refuge by the King of Portugal, only to be "treated roughly and villainously", sailed around on boats until their food ran out so that they are forced to spend every cent they had on exorbitantly priced food, had "all the children under fourteen snatched from the hand of their fathers and mothers, and taken elsewhere to be brought up in our religion", and forced to convert or be enslaved.
Alan Levine, Sensual Philosophy: Toleration, Skepticism, and Montaigne's Politics of the Self, p. 228

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