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Anna and TranquilloCatholic Anxiety and Jewish Protest in the Age of Revolutions$
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Kenneth Stow

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300219043

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300219043.001.0001

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(p.54) 2. Crises
Anna and Tranquillo

Kenneth Stow

Yale University Press

This chapter looks at how the growing threat to Jewish security heightened Tranquillo's resolve to make Anna's story known, even if this required embellishing on the details. This includes the scene of the final glory, when Anna is returned to her family on a Friday eve, for a joyous Sabbath celebration. Apart from the perplexing dating, Tranquillo's portrait of joy is problematic. The real Anna almost surely did not convert, or her name would appear in the House of Converts' records. Yet the diary's “happy ending” stretches the imagination, with Anna sent back to her family to continue life as a Jew unhindered. The reader does well to think of two young women named Anna: the real one, who was likely destroyed by the pressure, even without converting, and the idealized one, who held her own and kept her head high.

Keywords:   Jewish security, Tranquillo del Monte, Anna del Monte, Sabbath celebration, House of Converts, Jews

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