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Doña Gracia of the House of Nasi

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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 risk ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 16th 2009 by The Jewish Publication Society (first published 1969)
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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 ef ...more
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.
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Cecil Roth (5 March 1899 – 21 June 1970),[1] was a British Jewish historian.

A prolific writer, Roth published more than 600 books and articles, which have been translated into many languages, including histories of the Jews in England (1941) and Italy (1946), A History of the Marranos (3d ed. 1966), The Jews in the Renaissance (1959), Jewish Art (1961), and The Dead Sea Scrolls (1965).

He was educa
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The Spanish Inquisition A History of the Marranos Encyclopaedia Judaica (18 Volume Set) History of the Jews (Schocken Paperbacks on Jewish Life & Religion) A Short History of the Jewish People

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