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[log in to unmask] writes:
>Not sure how <z> was pronounced at
>the time; modern JÚrez) gave "sherry"

From "Latin to Romance in Sound Charts" the rule says that CY /kj/, and TY
/tj/ when "alone" (i guess with a vowel before it, or finally), it became
/dz/, written as z. When preceded by a consonant, it became /ts/ .