It is 1542 in Rome and Pope Paul III has decided to re-institute the Inquisition under the leadership and influence of Cardinal Carafa. The Jewish community, mostly Sephardic, has the history of expulsions from Spain and Portugal embedded in their memories. The rabbinical leader of a synagogue, who is also doctor and friend to the Pope, tries to understand actual incidents that presage danger to the community. Should a Passion Play that incites people to violence, the sudden rantings of Dominican Friars in his synagogue, and the unjust jailing and potential execution of his son be enough reason for he and his wife to consider leaving their beloved city? The Council of Trent and the actions of Martin Luther also underscore the story, along with artists, Titian and Michelangelo and their works. The author persuasively narrates a story that helps us understand how political events bedevil individuals who struggle to see their significance.
The Jew and The Pope
- From the Publisher
May 13, 2013
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