By Kenneth Stow
After being seized through the papal police in Rome in may perhaps 1749, Anna del Monte, a Jew, stored a diary detailing her captors’ efforts over the following 13 days to strength her conversion to Catholicism. Anna’s robust chronicle of her ordeal by the hands of specialists of the Roman Catholic Church, initially circulated via her brother Tranquillo in 1793, gets its first English-language translation besides an insightful interpretation by way of Kenneth Stow of the incident’s felony and ancient value. Stow’s research of Anna’s dramatic tale of prejudice, injustice, resistance, and survival in the course of her two-week imprisonment within the Roman residence of Converts—and her brother’s later efforts to protest state-sanctioned, religion-based abuses—provides an in depth view of the separate forces on both sides of the fight among spiritual and civil legislation within the years simply ahead of the large political and social upheavals in the United States and Europe.
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Anna and Tranquillo: Catholic Anxiety and Jewish Protest in the Age of Revolutions by Kenneth Stow