Conversos in Seville and the Empire, from the coast of Africa to the Indies
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Dr. Juan Gil (Ph.D. University of Bologna, 1963) is Professor Emeritus of the Universidad de Sevilla and is now active as a life-time member of the Real Academia Española (Madrid). He was trained as a classical scholar, with focus on linguistics, especially Latin and Medieval Spanish. His teaching career spanned three decades. He has published dozens of books, including a five volume opus on the history of the conversos (Christianized Jews) of Seville. Also noteworthy are his two volumes regarding the Mozarabes, and several books on Spain’s early contacts with the Far East. He and Dr. Consuelo Varela have authored many books on Columbus and other explorers of Spain’s Age of Discovery. Most recently he published two monographs on the discoverer of Florida, Juan Ponce de León. Most recently he participated in the preparation of the newest edition of the Diccionario de la Lengua Española.