Jews of Europe and the Inquisition of Venice: 1550-1670

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A paperback edition of a much-acclaimed history of Europe's forgotten Inquisition. Venice in the 16th and 17th centuries was on the frontier between Christianiity and Judaism, being one of the principal points of departure from Europe to the Levant, and of re-entry from the Ottoman Empire. It was often the place where Europeans of Jewish origin made their final choice between Christianity and Judaism, and those who hesitated over their choice, or behaved ambiguously, frequently ...

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A paperback edition of a much-acclaimed history of Europe's forgotten Inquisition. Venice in the 16th and 17th centuries was on the frontier between Christianiity and Judaism, being one of the principal points of departure from Europe to the Levant, and of re-entry from the Ottoman Empire. It was often the place where Europeans of Jewish origin made their final choice between Christianity and Judaism, and those who hesitated over their choice, or behaved ambiguously, frequently fell into the hands of the Inquisition.

Pullan examines the social and political purpose of the Inquisition: its composition, procedures and legal entitlement to judge Jews. He explains the origins of the new Christians of Portugal and the neophytes of Italy, and describes those Christians who, though having no Jewish ancestry, nevertheless were attracted - at some risk to themselves - by the doctrines and customs of Judaism

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Paperbound reprint of a 1983 work. During the time of the Roman Inquisition, Venice was a prominent passageway between Catholic Europe and the religiously pluralist Ottoman Empire. Thus, for many Jews, Venice became the site where they chose either to renounce their faith and convert, or to strike a balance between Judaism and Catholicism. It was members of the latter category who were most likely to fall into the hands of the Inquisition. This book analyzes Inquisition records of about a hundred individual cases, illuminating the difficult place of Jews and converts alike in Venetian society of the period. Distributed by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860643576
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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