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BOOKS IN THE JEWISH STORY

Know of any other other books to add to this list? 

Then send me an e-mail with details so I can add them. 

Thanks, Jack White  (vijamada@gmail.com)

THE MAN EATERS OF TSAVO AND OTHER EAST AFRICAN ADVENTURES


WITH THE ZIONISTS IN GALLIPOLI


WITH THE JUDEANS IN THE PALESTINE COMMAND


(click on the above links to go to the free
e-book)

Lt Col JH Patterson, DSC

A founder of the Israel Defence Force,
the Haganah.

Jonathan brother of Netyanhu,
Prime Minister of Israel,  
led and was killed in the rescue of the
Entebbe hostages.
 He was named after
Lt Col Patterson


1908





1916



The Story
of the First Jewish Battalion, 1922


Secret Judaism
and the
Spanish Inquisition

Michael Alpert
(
Five Leaves Publication, 2008)




From the end of the fifteenth century until the eighteenth century Spanish Jews carried on Jewish practices in the shadow of the Inquisition. Those caught were forced to recant or be burnt at the stake in public “autos de fe”. This book describes the private lives of these secret Jews, drawing on their confessions and trial documents. This paperback edition covers the survival of Jewish practices into modern times in Portugal and Spain, where families descended from “conversos” (Christian converts) still carry out long-hidden Jewish traditions.

Cathedral of the Sea

Ildefonso Falcones
(Transworld, 2006)

14th century Barcelona. The building of a church. ‘Aristocracy’, Jews, usuary. pogrom

Guardian of the Dawn

Richard Zimler
(Constable and Robinson, 2005)

Persecution by the Inquisition in early 17th century Portuguese Goa.

Hunting Midnight

Richard Zimler
(Constable and Robinson, 2004)

Oporto, 1800. Napoleon is marching across Europe.  The Jews of Portugal, still 'hidden' and baptised, are suffering the threat of a renewed Inquisition

Inquisition and Independence,
A Riot in Fundão-1580

Inquisição e Independência, Um Motim No Fundao-1580

Maria Antonieta Garcia, Alma Azul, Coimbra, 2006, 227pp

About a 16th century riot in Fundão (near Belmonte), the only known public act of resistance against the Inquisition in Portugal.


Jews, God and History  

Max Dimont
(Mentor, 1994)

Especially Chapter 18
'Crusades, Renaissance and Reformation'

Jews and Magic
in Medici Florence

 

Edward Goldberg
(University of Toronto Press, 2011)

The story of a 17th century Jew who, with his patron,  ventured into dangerous and often forbidden territory—astrology, alchemy and the Kabbalah.

Kidnapping of
Edgardo Mortara

David Kerzer
(Picador, 1997)

The last Jewish boy to be arrested by the Inquisition in the 19th century

Mistress of the
Art of Death

Ariana Franklin

(Bantam, 2008)

The 1171 investigation in Cambridge by a female doctor into the claimed murder of a boy by the Jews

My 15 Grandmothers


Genie Milgrom, 2012

Brought up in a Roman Catholic family in Cuba with Spanish ancestry she investigates her past.

Remnants of Crypto-Jews Among Hispanic  Americans


Gloria Golden
Floricanto Press (2012)

Sixty oral histories, with photographs based on research in New Mexico and El Paso, Texas of people who may have a Jewish heritage from Spain or Portugal.   

The Coffee Trader

David Liss
(Abacus, 2003)

Amsterdam, 1659.  The Sephardi community and finance

The Expulsion of the Jews from Spain   

Haim Beinart and
Jeffrey M. Green

(The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization 2005)

Classic History

The Forgetting River

Doreen Carvajal,  Riverhead Books, 2012

A Modern Tale of Survival, Identity, and the Inquisition

The Last Jew
 

Noah Gordon
(Little Brown, 2000)

Spain 1492,  a 13 year old sees his father and brother die and flees from the Inquisition.  Eventually becomes a healer and physician in Granada

The Last Kabbalist
of Lisbon

Richard Zimler
(Arcadia Books, 1988)

Claimed to be based on a manuscript discovered in Istanbul it is the record of the hunt for a murderer among secret Jews living in Lisbon during the massacre of 1506  

The Massacre of the Jews, Lisbon 1506

(O Massacre Dos Judeus, 1596)

 Susana Bastos Mateus, Paulo Mendes Pinto, 2007,  

Alêtheia Editores, Lisboa.

This is the first non-fiction book in Portuguese, about the 1506 massacre in Lisbon of 4,000 Marranos

(see also ‘The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon’ below)

The Mezzuzah on the Madonna’s Foot

Trudi Alexy
(Harper Collins, 1994)

A woman discovers her spiritual heritage as one of the Jews who found asylum from Hitler in Spain

The Queen's Fool  

Phillippa Gregory
(Harper Collins, 2003)

Brilliant story of a Jewish girl and her family who come to England to escape the Inquisition, becomes the 'fool' (comedienne) to Mary Tudor, friend to Elizabeth 1 and is in Calais when it is captured by the French.  

The Source

James Michener

(Random House) 1965)

The story of Palestine over the past few thousand years. Especially relevant is the chapter titled 'The Saintly Men of Safed'

The Woman Who Defied Kings:

The Life and Times of
Dona Gracia Nasi


Andree Aelion Brooks

(Paragon House Publishers; 2003)

Biography of Dona Gracia Nasi.  An outstanding Renaissance Jewish international banker she operated an 'underground railroad' that saved hundreds from the Inquisition and spearheaded one of the earliest attempts to form an independent Jewish state for Jews in Israel.

The Cantonists:
The Jewish Children's Army of the Tsar’

Larry Domnitch    

Click here for a summary

The Marrano Legacy

Trudi Alexis

A Contemporary Crypto-Jewish Priest Reveals His Double LifeClick here for a

Unorthodox Kin,
Portuguese Marranos and the
Global Search for Belonging

Naomi Leite,
University of California Press, 2017


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