A Man of Three Worlds: Samuel Pallache, a Moroccan Jew in Catholic and Protestant Europe / Edition 1 by Mercedes García-Arenal, Gerard Wiegers | | 9780801886232 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
A Man of Three Worlds: Samuel Pallache, a Moroccan Jew in Catholic and Protestant Europe / Edition 1

A Man of Three Worlds: Samuel Pallache, a Moroccan Jew in Catholic and Protestant Europe / Edition 1

by Mercedes García-Arenal, Gerard Wiegers
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801886236

ISBN-13: 9780801886232

Pub. Date: 03/01/2007

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

In the late fifteenth century, many of the Jews expelled from Spain made their way to Morocco and established a dynamic community in Fez. A number of Jewish families became prominent in commerce and public life there. Among the Jews of Fez of Hispanic origin was Samuel Pallache, who served the Moroccan sultan as a commercial and diplomatic agent in Holland until

Overview

In the late fifteenth century, many of the Jews expelled from Spain made their way to Morocco and established a dynamic community in Fez. A number of Jewish families became prominent in commerce and public life there. Among the Jews of Fez of Hispanic origin was Samuel Pallache, who served the Moroccan sultan as a commercial and diplomatic agent in Holland until Pallache's death in 1616. Before that, he had tried to return with his family to Spain, and to this end he tried to convert to Catholicism and worked as an informer, intermediary, and spy in Moroccan affairs for the Spanish court. Later he became a privateer against Spanish ships and was tried in London for that reason. His religious identity proved to be as mutable as his political allegiances: when in Amsterdam, he was devoutly Jewish; when in Spain, a loyal converso (a baptized Jew).

In A Man of Three Worlds, Mercedes García-Arenal and Gerard Wiegers view Samuel Pallache's world as a microcosm of early modern society, one far more interconnected, cosmopolitan, and fluid than is often portrayed. Pallache's missions and misadventures took him from Islamic Fez and Catholic Spain to Protestant England and Holland. Through these travels, the authors explore the workings of the Moroccan sultanate and the Spanish court, the Jewish communities of Fez and Amsterdam, and details of the Atlantic-Mediterranean trade. At once a sweeping view of two continents, three faiths, and five nation-states and an intimate story of one man's remarkable life, A Man of Three Worlds is history at its most compelling.

Johns Hopkins University Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801886232
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
03/01/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Contents:

Foreword

Preface

Note on Terminology

IntroductionChapter 1. From Fez to Madrid

Chapter 2. Jews in Morocco

Chapter 3. Between the Dutch Republic and Morocco

Chapter 4. Privateering, Prison, and Death

Chapter 5. After Samuel: The Pallache Family

Conclusion

Notes

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

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