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Don Isaac Abravanel (1437-1508) was once a big ancient determine throughout the waning of the center a long time. Statesman, diplomat, courtier, and financier, he used to be, while, a pupil of encyclopedic studying, a thinker, an exegete, a prolific writer, a mystic, and an apocalypticist. In his booklet, Don Isaac Abravanel, Benzion Netanyahu indicates, lengthy strains of medieval Jewish paths: that of medieval Jewish statesmen and that of medieval Jewish philosophers. during this publication that mixes the biography and the exploration of Abravanel's suggestion and impression, Netanyahu describes how Abravanel illuminated the grave hindrance and profound transformation (The Spanish Inquisition) skilled by way of the Jewish humans after the Spanish expulsion. First released in 1953, Don Isaac Abravanel has been out of print for a number of years. this can be the third variation released in 1972 through the The Jewish book Society. Later versions have been released by means of the Cornell collage Press;

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B. N. February 18, 1968 •x• CONTENTS Preface vii half ONE FINANCIER AND STATESMAN I. PORTUGAL: chuffed HAVEN kin, three – early life, 6 stories and Early Literary Efforts, 12 within the provider of the King, 18 – Fall and break out, 26 three IL SPAIN: LAND OF PERSECUTION at the Portuguese Border, 33 – The Catholic Kings, 38 development at court docket, 50 – the nice predicament, fifty three III. NAPLES: SCENE OF hassle sixty one On Italy’s Threshold, sixty one – A Neapolitan Courtier, sixty two In Sicilian Exile, sixty seven – a trip to Corfu, seventy one Monopoli: preserve within the hurricane, seventy four 33 IV. VENICE: THE final safe haven New upward push to Prominence, eighty two the ultimate Efforts, eighty five – precis, 87 eighty two half COMMENTATOR AND thinker L global OUTLOOK Revelation, 95—Creation, 103 The Universe, 108—Man, 112—Man and Universe, 118 Conclusions, one hundred twenty five • xi • ninety five IL VIEW OF background the rules, one hundred thirty – The direction, a hundred thirty five The features, 146 one hundred thirty IIL POLITICAL techniques a hundred and fifty basic difficulties, a hundred and fifty – the fitting structure, 158 The Venetian Prototype, 166 Monarchism, 173 – The Political culture, one hundred eighty at the Divine Rights of Kings, 186 Theocracy Is the reply, 189 IV. MESSIANISM the matter, 195 – the tactic, 205 The Date, 216 – The Revolution, 226 Savonarola, 242 – Epilogue, 247 195 Appendices 261 Notes 265 Bibliography 327 Index 337 • xii • PA RT F I N A N C I E R O N E & S T A T E S M A N C H A P T P O R T U G A L : E R H A P P Y O N E H A V E N I. relatives D ON I SAAC A BRAVANEL 1 was once born in Lisbon, within the 12 months 1437, 2 right into a kin which ranked excessive one of the Jews of Portugal and, certainly, of the total Iberian peninsula. The Abravanels have been unique through their monetary place in addition to by means of their political achievements. Abravanel’s father, Don Judah, was once the financier of Prince Fernando, the son of Portugal’s João I, and most likely was once equally hired via different participants of the royal kinfolk. three His grandfather, Don Samuel, were an influence within the courts of 3 successive Castilian kings, and within the days of the 3rd of them, Enrique III, had reached the top place in Castile’s monetary management while he assumed the workplace of contador mayor. four one other Don Judah Abravanel, most likely Isaac’s greatgrandfather, have been the treasurer of Fernando IV in Seville and, based on a few symptoms, additionally Castile’s almoxarif mayor. five From his ancestors, then, Don Isaac got his monetary acumen, his ability in coping with nation funds and the diplomatic skill which matches with it. To this practice of wealth and gear used to be further the celebrity of a protracted and noble lineage which, it can be assumed, contributed significantly to the family’s status. The Abravanels themselves have been either convinced and pleased with the the Aristocracy in their origin—so proud and likely, certainly, that they claimed descent from the Davidic dynasty and payment in Spain in pre-Roman instances. even supposing the family’s genealogical tree doesn't return farther than 5 generations earlier than Don Isaac’s time, there's facts that the declare bought credence, at the very least between a few prime Jews, not just in Don Isaac’s days, but in addition 4 centuries past.

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