The House of Nasi: the Duke of Naxos

The House of Nasi: the Duke of Naxos

The House of Nasi: the Duke of Naxos

The House of Nasi: the Duke of Naxos

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In 1947, I completed a biography of Doña Gracia Nasi, one of the most remarkable figures of sixteenth-century history and one of the outstanding Jewish women of all time. I intimated at the time that this volume would in due course be rounded off by a sequel dealing with the astonishing career of her nephew and son-in-law, Joseph Nasi, Duke of Naxos. This is now presented to the reader. It is complete in itself, but should be read in conjunction with the other work, the two forming in fact successive parts of the same romantic history.

As in Doña Gracia, I have given references to my sources only when they are difficult to find or have been overlooked by previous writers on the subject. They are most numerous in the last chapter, which I thought it desirable to round off with an account -- to a large extent entirely new -- of the Jewish statesmen at the Turkish court at the close of the sixteenth century, after Joseph Nasi's fall.

It is a pleasure for me to express my thanks to Mr. Meir Benayahu of Jerusalem for providing me with some information that was inaccessible to me in England; and to Professor A. Galante of Istanbul for reading the proofs and thus removing my diffidence at publishing a work which deals with an aspect of Jewish history formerly unfamiliar to me.

CECIL ROTH

OXFORD
January, 1948 . . .

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