Juan Louis Vives
indexJuan Louis Vives was a Spanish lawyer and humanist who was part of the medieval community at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.   His Jewish family had been forced to convert to Christianity in medieval Spain at the hands of the Inquisition.  It is believed he was a crypto-Jew whilst in Oxford

Born in Valencia, Spain March 6th 1493, educated at Corpus Christi, Oxford and then at the University of Paris, he died on May 6th 1540 in Bruges Belgium.

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Personalities of the exclusion period

Some Jews in Oxford during the Period of Exclusion (1290-1656).

Despite claims of a secret cadre of Jews being sheltered by the University the teaching of Hebrew (Christian Hebraists functioned independently within this and other universities), extremely few details of Jews in Oxford are known during the 14th, 15th and much of the 16th centuries.   From the 1590s onward there are several Jews operating or visiting Oxford. (See accompanying entry on Exclusion Period in Oxford for more details.)

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