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Lettre SepharadeWell referenced, with many vignettes that help to paint for the reader a vivid picture of the times.
— Robert Nussenblatt
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.
— Robert Nussenblatt
Samuel Pallache has gone down in history as an honorable figure, a slightly less successful version of Disraeli's Jewish hero Sidonia... This fascinating little book, however, based on research in the Dutch, Belgian, Spanish, and Portuguese archives, reveals a very different sort of man—a ruthless adventurer, whose duplicity was only matched by his audacity.
A coherent and revealing picture of [Samuel Pallache's] complex career... Generally judicious in its conclusions and shrewd in its utilization of detail... Along the way, it explores a hitherto unobserved pattern of ties between North African Jews and moriscos active in Christian Europe... A significant contribution to the history of the political information web of early modern Europe and the men behind it.
A fascinating account of the way in which a Jewish family survived and flourished while living at the heart of three warring cultures... The book illuminates a little-known side of the 17th-century world.
Fascinating... A valuable snapshot of the 'new world order' of global powers and grand alliances at the time, and the way in which the members of a relatively poor and socially marginalized family managed to play them to their advantage.
A significant study which opens a window on a culture that was necessarily often submerged.
García-Arenal and Wiegers have brought to life not only one Jewish merchant in the age of mercantilism but his entire culture.
A fascinating study.
Well referenced, with many vignettes that help to paint for the reader a vivid picture of the times.
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
Johns Hopkins University Press