WBEZ | Benedetto Blanis http://www.wbez.org/tags/benedetto-blanis Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Jews and Magic in Medici Florence: The Secret World of Benedetto Blanis http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/jews-and-magic-medici-florence-secret-world-benedetto-blanis-107165 <p><p>In the 17th century, Jews in Florence&rsquo;s tiny ghetto struggled to earn a living by any means possible, including loan-sharking, rag-picking, and second-hand dealing. They were often viewed as an uncanny people with rare supernatural powers. Historian <strong>Edward Goldberg</strong> shares how businessman and aspiring scholar Benedetto Blanis used this mystical misperception to his advantage, seeking a grand position at the Medici Court and winning the admiration of Don Giovanni de&rsquo; Medici.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/SI-webstory_3.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br />Recorded live Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at Spertus.&nbsp;</p><p>A copy of Mr. Goldberg&#39;s presentation can be downloaded as a PDF below.&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 15:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/jews-and-magic-medici-florence-secret-world-benedetto-blanis-107165