The House of Nasi: The Duke...

Joseph Nasi, Duke of Naxos, Lord of Tiberias, was a Marrano or “converse,” knighted by Charles V of the Holy Roman Empire, a jousting partner of Emperor Maximillian, and a court advisor to Suleiman the Magnificent. During his astonishing life as a statesman, financier, and philanthropist in sixteenth-century Europe, he moved across the continent from Antwerp to Paris, to Naples, to Rome, and from there to Constantinople, where he reembraced Judaism.

ix Preface IN 1947, I completed a biography of Doña Gracia Nasi, one of the most remarkable figures of sixteenth- centu-ry history and one of the outstanding Jewish women of all time. I intimated at the time that this volume would in due course be rounded off by a sequel dealing with the astonishing career of her nephew and son- in- law, Joseph Nasi, Duke of Naxos. This is now presented to the reader. It is complete in itself, but should be read in conjunction with the other work, the two forming in fact successive parts of the same romantic history. As in Doña Gracia, I have given references to my sourc-es only when they are difficult to find or have been over-looked by previous writers on the subject. They are most numerous in the last chapter, which I thought it desirable to round off with an account — to a large extent entirely new — of the Jewish statesmen at the Turkish court at the close of the sixteenth century, after Joseph Nasi’s fall. It is a pleasure for me to express my thanks to Mr. Meir Benayahu of Jerusalem for providing me with some information that was inaccessible to me in Eng-land; and to Professor A. Galante of Istanbul for read-ing the proofs and thus removing my diffidence at pub-lishing a work which deals with an aspect of Jewish history formerly unfamiliar to me. CECIL ROTH OXFORD January, 1948  C h a p t e r TOC  | H o m e

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Front MatterTitle PageDedication & Copyright PageTABLE OF CONTENTSPrefaceForewordGENEALOGICAL TREEJoão MiguezJoseph NasiImperial FavoriteDuke of NaxosLord of TiberiasKing Aspirant of CyprusThe Master of BelvedereAfterglowCHRONOLOGICAL TABLEBIBLIOGRAPHYNOTES
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