The Ibn Zadok Family

Leading Courtiers Fallen From Favor

Solomon ibn Zadok began his illustrious career under the patronage of Ferdinand III. He then became a major courtier in the service of King Alfonso X of Castile. Alfonso utilized his skills as both a diplomat and a tax collector. He was tremendously generous and maintained synagogues and poor houses. At is death in 1273, his properties were confiscated by the Church.

His son, Isaac ibn Zadok, was also a chief tax collector for Alfonso X. Unfortunately, he fell into disfavor and was hanged. Isaac ibn Zadok apparently was associated with Todros ben Judah HaLevi Abulafia, who fared better than he did.

from Gates to Jewish Heritage by David E. Lipman