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Jews and Magic in Medici Florence: The Secret World of Benedetto Blanis

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In the 17th century, Jews in Florence’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 Edward Goldberg 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’ Medici.



Recorded live Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at Spertus. 

A copy of Mr. Goldberg's presentation can be downloaded as a PDF below. 

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