The Woman Who Defied Kings: The Life and Times of Dona Gracia Nasi - a Jewish Leader during the Renaissance / Edition 1

The Woman Who Defied Kings: The Life and Times of Dona Gracia Nasi - a Jewish Leader during the Renaissance / Edition 1

by Andree Aelion Brooks
     
 

The Woman Who Defied Kings is the first modern, comprehensive biography of Doña Gracia Nasi, an outstanding Jewish international banker during the Renaissance. A courageous leader, she used her wealth and connections to operate an underground railroad that saved hundreds of her fellow Spanish and Portuguese conversos (Jews who had been forced to convert to

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The Woman Who Defied Kings is the first modern, comprehensive biography of Doña Gracia Nasi, an outstanding Jewish international banker during the Renaissance. A courageous leader, she used her wealth and connections to operate an underground railroad that saved hundreds of her fellow Spanish and Portuguese conversos (Jews who had been forced to convert to Catholicism) from the horrors of the Inquisition. Born in Lisbon in 1510, she later moved onto Antwerp, Venice, and Ferrara where she was constantly negotiating with kings and emperors for better conditions for her people. Doña Gracia Nasi helped lead a boycott of the Italian port of Ancona in retaliation for the burning of 23 of her people by the Inquisition - an outrageous act in an era when Jews were more accustomed to appeasement. Finally settling in Constantinople, she persuaded Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent to grant her a long-term lease on the Tiberias region of Palestine, where she spearheaded one of the earliest attempts to start an independent state for Jews in Isr'l. Doña Gracia Nasi is equally important to history because she shatters the stereotype of how women, especially Jewish women, conducted their lives during the Renaissance period. Some historians have called her the most important Jewish woman since Biblical times.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557788290
Publisher:
Paragon House Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
614
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range:
17 Years

Table of Contents

ContentsPrologueGlossaryPART I. Portugal: 1510-1537Chapter 1. A Time to be BornChapter 2. Growing UpChapter 3. MarriageChapter 4. WidowhoodPart II. Antwerp: 1537-1545Chapter 5. Among the Money MerchantsChapter 6. A Time for LearningChapter 7. CrisisChapter 8. FlightPart III. Italy:1546-1552Chapter 9. Merchants in VeniceChapter 10. The Enemy WithinChapter 11. Patron of the ArtsChapter 12. An Imminent DeparturePart IV. Turkey: 1553-1569Chapter 13. From an Ottoman PerchChapter 14. Tragedy in AnconaChapter 15. A Time of TrialChapter 16. Unfinished BusinessChapter 17. A Benevolent LadyChapter 18. The Tiberias ProjectChapter 19. Ebb TideEpilogueNotesBibliographyIndex

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