In 1480, three years before the total expulsion of the Jews, a man named Diego Ben Suzón lived in a house located in the street that is called today Susona street, with his daughter Susona Ben Suzón; both of Jewish religion. Diego was a man of great influence among the Jew people; and his daughter, a beautiful young woman whose beauty made her famous among the men of the city, who would call her “Fermosa Susona” (beautiful Susona).
The young woman was in love with a Christian knight. As one can imagine, relationships between Jews and Christians were totally broken at that time. However, both had a secret romance, and every night they would leave their homes to meet in the Arenal area.
One of these nights, Susona was about to go out to meet her loved one, when suddenly she heard a lot of noise in her living room: shouting, fights, arguments … So, getting closer, she heard how her father and other people from the neighborhood were planning an uprising against the Christians, in revenge for all the attacks they had been suffering in the last years.
Susona, hearing all this, thought that her lover would be one of the first to die if a battle was fought, since he was a knight of the army; So she ran to Arenal and told him everything she had heard at her house, asking him that they both left the city that same night and start a new life together in another place.
The man accepted, but told him that first he would like to go to his house to let his family know, so that they would not suffer from the planned attack. Susona accepted, as she had acted out of love. However, perhaps the knight was not so in love because he not only let his family know, but also the rest of the Christian army. That same night, the Christians came to the Jewish quarter and arrested Susona’s father and all the others who were plotting against them. The next morning they were all executed in front of their people to make them aware that whoever tried to rise up against the Christians would end up paying it.
Susona then felt very sad, because she had not only betrayed her father, but also her people and her religion. Faced with the loss of her entire family, and the repudiation of her lover, Susona asked for help at the Cathedral, where she was baptized, and she was also recommended to retire to a convent to calm her soul. Years later, she returned to her home where she lived a Christian and exemplary life for the rest of her days.
When she died, a note was found in her will in which she said that, in order for her to be an example to all those young women who sometimes lose their heads for love, she wanted her own head to be separated from her body after her death, and to place it at the door of her house, where it should stay forever and ever.
Her will was respected and, after her death and for more than a century, her head remained in that place; today replaced by a commemorative tile.