Item description for The Long Journey of Gracia Mendes by Marianna D. Birnbaum...
The historical biography of a true Jewish heroine in her day, Gracia Mendes. Born in 1510 in Portugal, the book details this womans extraordinary personality until her death in 1569 in Constantinople (todays Istanbul). Her life exemplified a perseverance by the Jewish culture to survive and triumph even in the worst of conditions.
As a young girl, Gracia secretly married successful Jewish spice trader, Francisco Mendes. But at age 27 she became a widow, yet she went on to raise her children and run the family business all on her own.
Her travels led her through Antwerp, Venice, Ferrara, Ragusa, and finally to Constantinople, where during a period of relentless persecution, the Ottoman Empire conquered Constantinople and dominated former Byzantium territories which had offered shelter for battered Marranos (converted Jews).
Birnbaums biography has the unique distinction of being the first among many studies to pay tribute to a woman during this period. It is also one of the first titles to pay equal attention to the lives of the Marranos in Christian West Europe and in the Muslim East.
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Studio: Central European University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Publisher Central European University Press
ISBN 9639241784 ISBN13 9789639241787
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More About Marianna D. Birnbaum
Birnbaum is Professor Emeritus of the University of California, Los Angeles where she taught Hungarian and Central European literature and culture.
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The Long Journey of the Marranos Oct 17, 2005
Great book specially if you're a Marrano yourself. Nothing comes easy to us marranos, to the gentiles we're the "Jews" to the Jews, we are the weak link of the race. This book bring forward the great potential of these much suffer group of people, who has suffer so much yet given so much to civilization.
In Holland, in Belgium, in Turkey, in Greece most are unware of how much this group has help in the development of they countries, a must read for Jews and Gentiles like.