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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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Jewish and Christian Awareness

Jewish and Christian Awareness

(p.156) 9. Jewish and Christian Awareness
Anna and Tranquillo

Kenneth Stow

Yale University Press

This chapter describes how the Jews of Rome were perfectly aware of the forces that governed their existence. Accordingly, when legal, spiritual, cultural, and social distinctions of persons were removed under Napoleonic rule, the Jews hastened to respond optimistically. However, the Jews did not need to await Napoleonic liberation to appreciate how contradictory and absurd had been their condition. Scholars such as Giovanni Battista de Luca, Carlo Luti, and Giuseppe Sessa openly questioned, or were at least uneasy about, the paradox of Jews being simultaneously cives yet still denied full civic rights. The persona of Anna del Monte as Tranquillo fashioned it is that of “a figure on the seam.” Anna's story encapsulates the winds of the past, but it was no less a prologue to a sometimes precarious future.

Keywords:   Roman Jews, Napoleonic rule, Battista de Luca, Carlo Luti, Giuseppe Sessa, civic rights, Anna del Monte, Tranquillo del Monte

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