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Anna and Tranquillo: Catholic Anxiety and Jewish Protest in the Age of Revolutions

Kenneth Stow


This text presents an 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 insi ... More

Keywords: Anna del Monte, Catholicism, Roman Catholic Church, Tranquillo, Roman House of Converts, religious war, civil war

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780300219043
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300219043.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth Stow, author
Smith College