Kingdom of Hungary Late Medieval
Conversion of the Jews
1360 Jan 1

Conversion of the Jews


Religious fanaticism is one of the featuring element of Louis I's reign. He attempted, without success, to convert many of his Orthodox subjects to Catholicism by force. Louis decided to convert the Jews in Hungary to Catholicism around 1360. After experiencing resistance, he expelled them from his realms. Their immovable property was confiscated, but they were allowed to take their personal property with them and also to recover the loans they had made. No pogrom took place, which was unusual in Europe in the 14th century, according to historian Raphael Patai. Louis allowed the Jews to return to Hungary in 1364; legal proceedings between the Jews and those who had seized their houses lasted for years.