The woman who defied kings: the life and times of Doña Gracia Nasi--a Jewish leader during the Renaissance
One wintry day early in 1535, merchant banker Francisco Mendes lay dying in his whitewashed, tile-roofed home near the royal palace in Lisbon. It was a pivotal moment for his elegant wife Beatrice, later known as Dona Gracia Nasi. The death of Francisco, one of Europe's wealthiest spice traders, offered Dona Gracia, still in her twenties, an unsettling mix of promise and peril.
So begins the remarkable rise to power of one of the greatest Jewish women of all time; an international woman banker who used her family's fortune and access to the royal courts of Europe to save thousands of her people from torture, ruin and death at the brutal hands of Inquisition officials.
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Review: The Woman Who Defied Kings: The Life and Times of Dona Gracia Nasi--A Jewish Leader During the RenaissanceUser Review - Debra Track - Goodreads
A woman I've never heard of from a time of inordinate zeal and now shame. The writing was easily accessible and Brooks' style engaging. Turns of phrase that bring to mind a conversation rather than ... Read full review
Review: The Woman Who Defied Kings: The Life and Times of Dona Gracia Nasi--A Jewish Leader During the RenaissanceUser Review - Carole - Goodreads
So far, this book is fascinating. More later...I'm just in the beginning. The book really dragged at the end. The editor should have done a better job with grammar and writing. We all should have ... Read full review