The woman who defied kings: the life and times of Doña Gracia Nasi--a Jewish leader during the Renaissance

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Paragon House, Jun 15, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 596 pages
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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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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

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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

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A Time to be Bom
5
Growing Up
30
Marriage
47
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

Andree Aelion Brooks, author, journalist, and lecturer, was a contributing columnist and newswriter for the New York Times for eighteen years. In 1990, she received the American Jewish Woman of the Year Achievement Award from the American Jewish Committee and, in 2001, a special award from the Consulate General of Israel in conjunction with the American Sephardi Federation for her work on Sephardi Jewish history. She has also received an outstanding achievement award from the National Federation of Press Women. Brooks is an Associate Fellow at Yale University, as well as founder and past president of the Women's Campaign School at Yale. Her other books include the award-winning Children of Fast-Track Parents and The Woman Who Defied Kings: The Life and Times of Dona Gracia Nasi-a finalist for the National Jewish Book Awards for 2003.