Was Beatriz Convicted? Professor Renée Levine Melammed and the Case of the Mysterious Midwife


This month marks the 482nd anniversary of the start of the trials of Beatriz Rodriguez – a 16th century Castilian midwife tried numerous time by the inquisitors of Toledo.  Dr. Renée Levine Melammed, Professor of Jewish History, describes how she first began researching women of the Spanish Inquisition.  She does this by telling Beatriz’s moving story. How did Professor Melammed discover Beatriz?  Was Beatriz eventually convicted?

See the document dated from 1536-1563  with Beatriz Rodriguez’s trial records.

Read the complete article about midwives trials during the Inquisition.

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