Here is the story of Dona Gracia, one of the most remarkable women in Jewish history. The pride of sixteenth century Jewry, she is acknowledged today for her courageous defense of her people and the promotion of their culture. This JPS classic presents the first full-length biography of Dona Gracia in English. It is an epic drama featuring extraordinary characters who riskHere is the story of Dona Gracia, one of the most remarkable women in Jewish history. The pride of sixteenth century Jewry, she is acknowledged today for her courageous defense of her people and the promotion of their culture. This JPS classic presents the first full-length biography of Dona Gracia in English. It is an epic drama featuring extraordinary characters who risked their lives for freedom of conscience, playing for high stakes among the palaces and political courts of Renaissance Europe....
|Title||:||Doña Gracia of the House of Nasi|
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Doña Gracia of the House of Nasi Reviews
I'm doing research into the life of Dona Gracia these days, and for a long time, this was the authoritative English source. (Andree Aelion Brooks' 500-page tome might have dethroned it, but I have a feeling that Professor Roth's book was a stepping stone for her.) For those who don't know, Dona Gracia was a Jewish woman who lived at the time of the Spanish Inquisition, and because she inherited her husband's business, she was able to do a tremendous amount of charity and even organized rescue efforts for Marrano Jews to escape. Professor Roth compares her to Henrietta Szold, who saved Jews during the Holocaust.You can't come away from this book without loving Dona Gracia. My biggest disappointment is that he was unable to reconstruct the details of her rescue efforts - who, how, when, and where. Given the Jewish tradition of making charity as anonymous as possible, that's not really surprising. That she did it was evident in all the accolades she received in her time, which the author does quote. But whom precisely did she do it for? I'd love to know specific stories. Perhaps I'll find out in Brooks' book.
A fascinating history of a very important woman of whom I had never heard. A heroine of the time of the Inquisition who saved the lives of many Jews. No one like her until the time of the Nazis!
A great biography considering the fact that Cecil Roth did not have as much information available to him as the biographers of tomday's world do.
Wow! A part of history most people don't have a clue about. Very empowering for women. A positive side note to the Inquisitions in Spain and Italy.