Dona Gracia of the House of...

The noted historian Cecil Roth presents the first full-length biography of Dona Gracia in the English language. Banker, diplomat, philanthropist, defender of her people and promoter of its culture, she was revered by her sixteenth-century contemporaries and earned the highest esteem among Jewish historians in succeeding generations.

her inspiration and tutelage; it was only after her death that his own personality developed to the full. In view of this, it has seemed preferable to divide my work into two parts and to publish the life of Doña Gracia Nasi as an independent volume. This is all the more desirable, it seems to me, in view of the fact that, the role of the Jewish woman in history having been essentially domestic ( though not for that reason any less important), there were until the past generation very few outstanding Jewesses who could form the subject of biography. Doña Gracia is one of the sparse exceptions, and it would be regrettable for this opportunity to be lost. The sixteenth century was, in fact, the age of famous women — Elizabeth, Mary, and Mary Queen of Scots in Great Britain; Lucrezia Borgia, Isabella d’Este, Caterina Sforza, Vittoria Colonna and a score of others in Italy, Catherine de’ Medicis in France, and many more. It is noteworthy that Gracia Nasi belonged to the same age. But she did not stand alone in the Jewish world at this time: it was the age too of Ben venida Abrabanel in Ferrara and of Esther Kyra in Constantinople — to cite the names of two only who were active in public life. I have gone out of my way to speak of these also at some length, for it is a remarkable illustration of the fashion in which currents in general life are reflected in that of the Jewish community. There is indeed one outstanding difference. The women who attained eminence in European history at this time tended to be not merely famous, but also notorious — a quality or rather characteristic which ( it may be said) these Jewish heroines generally lacked. In depicting the background, I have wherever possible al-

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Front MatterSOME OTHER BOOKS BY THE SAME AUTHORTitle PageCopyright PageDedication PageTABLE OF CONTENTSLIST OF ILLUSTRATIONSPREFACEThe House of MendesADDITIONAL NOTE TO CHAPTER I. THE MENDES-NASI CONNECTIONAntwerpVeniceFerraraConstantinople“The Heart of Her People” “The Heart of Her People” “The Heart of Her People” “The Heart of Her People” “The Heart of Her PeoThe Ancona BoycottADDITIONAL NOTE TO CHAPTER VII. A DOCUMENT ON THE ANCONA BOYCOTTJourney's EndCHRONOLOGICAL TABLEBIBLIOGRAPHYNOTES
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