Anna And Tranquillo: Catholic Anxiety And Jewish Protest In The Age Of Revolutions

Hardcover | November 22, 2016

byKenneth Stow

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A historical interpretation of the diary of an eighteenth-century Jewish woman who resisted the efforts of the papal authorities to force her religious conversion

After being seized by the papal police in Rome in May 1749, Anna del Monte, a Jew, kept a diary detailing her captors’ efforts over the next thirteen days to force her conversion to Catholicism. Anna’s powerful chronicle of her ordeal at the hands of authorities of the Roman Catholic Church, originally circulated by her brother Tranquillo in 1793, receives its first English-language translation along with an insightful interpretation by Kenneth Stow of the incident’s legal and historical significance. Stow’s analysis of Anna’s dramatic story of prejudice, injustice, resistance, and survival during her two-week imprisonment in the Roman House of Converts—and her brother’s later efforts to protest state-sanctioned, religion-based abuses—provides a detailed view of the separate forces on either side of the struggle between religious and civil law in the years just prior to the massive political and social upheavals in America and Europe.

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A historical interpretation of the diary of an eighteenth-century Jewish woman who resisted the efforts of the papal authorities to force her religious conversion After being seized by the papal police in Rome in May 1749, Anna del Monte, a Jew, kept a diary detailing her captors’ efforts over the next thirteen days to force her conver...

Kenneth Stow is the author of Theater of Acculturation and Alienated Minority and founding editor of the journal Jewish History. He is currently a research associate in the Department of History, Smith College, and emeritus professor, University of Haifa, Israel. He lives in Haifa and Leeds, MA.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 1 inPublished:November 22, 2016Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300219040

ISBN - 13:9780300219043

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“Kenneth Stow, a leading scholar in medieval and Renaissance Jewish history, has offered a new entry into the canon of early Jewish, Italian, and women’s autobiographies. Stow offers an elegant translation, a sound apparatus, and an introduction that puts it in the context of not only Italian Jewish history, but in the process of modernization as Jews literally left the ghetto and began to enter modernity during the eighteenth century.”—Howard Tzvi Adelman, Department of History and Program in Jewish Studies, Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario