Dona Gracia of the House of Nasi by Cecil Roth.
Dona Gracia, a Marrano or 'converso' (secret Jew), flees the Inquisition in Portugal. She wanders Europe, rises to financial power in Antwerp, finds sanctuary, finally, in Turkey, where she spends her last years as the uncrowned Queen of Jewry in the Ottoman Empire.
Dona Gracia, the pride of sixteenth-century Jewry, is acknowlegded today for her courageous defense of her people and promotion of their culture.
This is the first full-length biography of Dona Gracia in English, an epic drama featuring extraordinary characters who risked their lives for freedom of conscience, playing for high stakes among the palaces and political courts of Renaissance Europe.