Friday, 1 November 2013

The Easter Massacre

The plague has been ravaging the city of Lisbon since January, it was Easter, 1506 and people blamed the Jews for it; some survived hiding in the homes of people who offered help to them or by fleeing the city.

But after two days, more than two thousand men, women and children, and even their pets, have been murdered, including João Rodrigues Mascarenhas, the uncle of Maria Andrea Mascarenhas, my 13th great grandmother.

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