Sotheby’s sells document ordering the expulsion of Muslims from Granada
Friday, July 24th, 2020
In an auction on 15 July, Sotheby’s sold the document that ordered the expulsion of Muslims from Granada for 52,500 pounds. The document signed by King Ferdinand V and Queen Isabella marked a key moment in the history of Europe.
The document is part of a wider auction held at Sotheby’s on 15 July entitled ‘The Collection of a Connoisseur: History in Manuscript’ and included documents signed by Queen Elisabeth I, Queen Anne and Catherine II, Empress of Russia.
Sotheby’s includes a translation of part of the document: “We order and command that henceforth no Moorish man or woman, unless they are prisoners, shall dare to enter or be in any city, town, village or territory of the aforesaid Kingdom [of Granada] on pain of death and of the loss of all his or her goods for our Treasury” and Sotheby’s describes the document as “This large and attractive document signals the expulsion of Moors from Spain, following the ‘Reconquista’ of 1492. This moment marks a watershed in European history”.
Written in dark brown ink, the document was estimated to sell for between 40,000 and 60,000 pounds however it was sold for 52,500 pounds. Other items of interest in the auction included letters from General Allenby, Gertrude Bell, Alfred Dreyfus, Albert Einstein and Sir Winston Churchill.