Plot Against the Church: Part 4 - Maurice Pinay

The Jews Betray
Their Most Magnanimous Protectors

Besides the murders of Christians during this hated Jewish dictatorship of Peter the Cruel, crimes were committed which caused the whole of Europe to shudder, as for example, the murders of Suero, the archbishop of Santiago, and of Pedro Alvarez, the deacon of this cathedral. The burning of the Abbot of St. Bernard on a fig-tree hastened the excommunication of Peter uttered by Pope Urban V. The announcement of this news nearly cost the representative of the Pope his life. But let us allow Father Joseph Alvarez de la Fuente to speak, whom we have to thank for the following details:

"On account of this murder, as I have already said, and because King Peter had driven the Bishops of Calahorra and Lugo from their churches, Pope Urban V sent an archdeacon who was to inform the King of the excommunication. The latter came cautiously in a light galley down the river to Seville and went ashore at Tablada, in the neighbourhood of the city. He revealed to him the Bull from the Pope and escaped down the river with set sails, whereby the tide helped him."

The renowned monk asserts that Peter rode into the water and wished to stab the archdeacon, that he was nearly drowned, since the horse became tired from swimming.

During this time many horrible murders were committed. However, we mention here only that of the young innocent and helpless Bianca de Bourbon, the sister of the Queen of France, who was the legal wife of Peter and was taken captive and later shamefully murdered. The Chronicler Cuvelier, a contemporary of Peter, describes the murder of the young queen and gives us the assurance that Peter asked a Jew how he could get rid of the Queen unnoticed. The latter advised him to murder her and even offered to commit the crime himself with other Jews. The Queen was strangled in her own bedroom and left lying on the bed, where she was found dead. And the Chronicler further reports that there Jews killed four servants who wished to raise the alarm and locked in several others. King Peter later asserted that he had not given his approval to the murder, and had the murderers expelled from the land. However, he only did this in order to justify himself.

Another indisputably true document confirms to us the fact that the Jews were responsible for this rule of terror. This concerns the "Ordenamiento de Peticiones" (Order concerning visits), which was passed by King Henry in the Cortes of Burgos—after he had been proclaimed king in the year 1367. From this we take the following text, which we translate from the old Spanish of the publication by the Royal Academy for History in Madrid. The new king replies in this to the various representatives of the individual classes of the people in the Cortes (an organ which was similar to the Mediaeval parliament.)

"No. 10: Further the visits are approved to those who report that the inhabitants of the cities and towns in past times, upon counsel of the Jews, have suffered much evil, injury, death and banishment. The Jews were at that time favourites (i.e. highest ministers or chief counsellors) or officials of the former king. They wished to cause the Christians evil and injury, and the latter therefore begged us to allow neither admittance into our palace nor into that of the Queen nor the Infantas my sons, to Jews, neither that they might become officials, physicians or any other kind of profession.

"We give accord to this request and realise the reason. Never, however, were other kings in Castile begged for the like. And although there are Jews in our palace, we will not accept them in our Council and will not even give them such a great power that they could cause any kind of harm in our land."

One can here observe something astonishing: Henry of Trastamara rebelled against his half-brother and secured himself the moral support of the Pope and the material support of the King of France and other monarchs, in order to overthrow Peter, in that he accused him of having become a rebel, secretly honouring Judaism and having handed over the government of Castile to the Jews. He had in addition hoisted the flag of freedom and thus obtained the support of the nobility, of the clergy and of the people. Later, when he had triumphed and was crowned King, he acted in exact opposite to his promises and began to employ Jews in his palace.

What had happened during the civil war, that he, who had come to Castile in order to kill Jews, later tolerated them in his palace? What did the Jews do in order to avoid a foreseeable catastrophe and to more or less cut a good figure if the opposite party triumphed? The following historical document solves this problem for us.

In the Jewish Encyclopaedia, the monumental work of modern Jewry, it is stated that Peter surrounded himself since the beginning of his period of rule, with so many Jews that his enemies called his court the "Jews' Court." In addition the Jews had always been his faithful followers. The latter was to be expected, for the young monarch had, as a result of delivering himself to the Jews and bringing the latter to the high point of their power, been able to conjure up the fateful international civil wars which were to cost him the throne and his life. Contemporary Chroniclers and historians, whom one cannot accuse of any Antisemitism, prove to us how false it is to believe that the Jews would always unconditionally keep trust with their ally and friend. On the contrary, they cheated him in the most malicious way, as the Jews usually do with their best friends and protectors. For the Jews count neither the most upright friendship nor proven services or favours, however great these may also be. If it suits their political interests, they are even capable of crucifying those who sacrificed everything to do them a favour.

In his loyalty to the Jews Peter went so far as to apply terrible measures of retaliation against those who offended against them. Pedro Lopez de Ayala, the most important writer and chronicler of that time, reports that Peter, when he went to Miranda del Ebro:

". . . in order to exercise justice, because here people had robbed and killed the Jews, had—with the support of the Court—two men of the city, Pero Martinez, son of Chantre, and Pero Sanchez Banuelos killed. Pero Martinez he had boiled alive in a cauldron and Pero Sanchez roasted alive in his presence. In addition he had still others from the city killed."

In the fifth year of his rule he showed himself magnanimous and granted mercy, even in favour of those who had striven for the throne. However, this edict of mercy did not extend to persons who had caused injury to the Jews. One should therefore really expect the Jews to have kept faith with him in difficult situations. However, the opposite was the case.

The French Chronicler Cuvelier, who was eyewitness and accompanied Bertrand du Guesclin and Trastamara upon their campaign, writes about the time when, through the tragic defeat of Peter's armies, it became clear that the scales inclined to the side of his opponent. After Peter the Cruel had evacuated Burgos, Toledo and Cordoba, he made his way to Seville. Two of his most valued influential Jewish counsellors, named Danyot and Turquant, agreed with one another to betray him and to hand him over to Henry, as soon as opportunity offered.

Jose Amador de los Rios, the learned writer and historian of the last century, who was favourably disposed to the Jews, openly admits:

"It was known in Castile and elsewhere that the Jews themselves let in the Bretons Bertrand Claquins (du Guesclin), when Henry and his supporters appeared before certain cities." (In Spanish the word "juderia" is used here. So were the Jewish communities in Castile called.)

When King Peter learned of this cunning betrayal by his protectors, he was doubtless beside himself. The French Chronicler quoted, who witnessed the events, reports that King Peter, when he learned that Cordoba had fallen into the hands of his half-brother, had a violent quarrel with the two Jews who had resolved to betray him, and said to them:

"My Lords, a fateful destiny has caused me to listen to your counsel for years long. You are guilty of the murder of my wife and of the falsification of my laws. Cursed be the hour of the first day when I first believed you, now that I shall be thrown out of my land. Exactly in the same way do I throw you out from my high council and palace. Guard yourselves well, never to come back again and leave the city at once."

And the Chronicler continues that the two Jewish counsellors had concluded a secret agreement with Henry of Trastamara, to deliver the city of Seville to him, into which Peter had withdrawn. They agreed with the scribes of the Jewish community in this city that they should let in the troops of Henry of Trastamara through the Jewish quarter. However, through a beautiful Jewess, who had been his lover and was very fond of him, Peter learned in time of the plans of the Jews against him. Therefore on the next day he left the city and fought through a retreat.

Paul Hay de Chartelet, the second Chronicler of Bertrand du Guesclin, assures us that Peter learned this in Seville from a Jewish concubine who loved him very much and, against the will of her father, informed him that the Jews planned a secret plot together with Henry of Trastamara to deliver the city to the latter. When Peter had received this news, the unfortunate monarch was completely downcast.

Without doubt the Jews had followed their traditional tactics and had provided the King with Jewish lovers in order to keep him better under control. But love is often a double-edged sword. And in this case the love of the girl was stronger than her inclination to Judaism and the fear of reprisals.

If we read these Chronicles, it becomes ever more clear to us how dangerous these unassimilable circles of aliens were, who—as has been proven in the course of time—never kept faith with anyone and always inclined to become the deadly Fifth Column in the service of foreign powers, and even then when they harmed their most valuable, fanatical protectors and friends.

These facts show us how the Jews, when they saw themselves threatened through the victory of the Christian people in Castile, under the leadership of Henry of Trastamara, knew how to cross at the right time to the opposing side, i.e. to that of Trastamara, in order to thus transform approaching catastrophe into a triumph. This Machiavellian enterprise was perfected even more by the Jews in the course of centuries, and in our time they no longer wait until their enemies are on the point of victory. If a Christian or anti-Communist opposition threatens to disturb their dark plans, they introduce elements into their ranks which makes them fail, or at least occupy a valuable position in the enemy camp, and give the latter the death blow at the first opportunity.


Be watchful and defend yourself against the infiltration of Jewish elements into your ranks, for they only give themselves out to be anti-Communists in order to control your movements and to make them fail. Even if they also give you good services, it is only to gain positions.

When Peter was defeated, he fled to Portugal, and from there to England, where he was able to secure the support of the "Black Prince." Supported by the English army and later by the alliance of the Moorish King of Castile. At this stage of the battle there were Jews in both rival camps. They had already discovered the secret of future triumphs: to bet upon two cards, in order to always win. To achieve success with this kind of manoeuvre, the Jews had naturally pretended schisms or divisions in their own ranks, so that attention was not drawn to the fact that one group stood on one side of the combatants and another on the opponents. Thus, after the defeat of Peter at Montiel, they obtained good positions in the government of the victor.

It is astonishing that Henry, in this despicable duel which cost Peter his life, was cynical enough to again call him a "Jew", although the Bastard at that time was bought both through the treachery of the Jews to Peter as also through the gold which the Jewish communities placed at his disposal, and allowed them renewed admittance—in spite of the justified concern of the Cortes of the Kingdom—to his Court.

Thus the struggle, which should have ended with a complete victory for the Christians, was cruelly continued up to the end of the century, in the year 1391, with the terrible murders of Jews on the whole peninsula, when it came to an end. Responsibility for the latter was unjustly laid upon the sermons of the Catholic priest Ferran Martinez. These, however, were only the spark which brought into flame the hitherto withheld alarm of an oppressed people, whom the Jews robbed, murdered and oppressed when they occupied high positions under several governments. For this the irresponsibility of the monarch was responsible, who had willingly given free range to this treachery. The Jewish "Golden Age" in Catholic Spain had dawned as a result. This situation had tragic results and also harmed the Musulmans when they made possible the Jewish "Golden Age" in Islamic Spain.