Edward Goldberg's A Jew at the Medici Court is an edition of some 220 letters sent by the Florentine Jew Benedetto Blanis to Don Giovanni de Medici, the illegitimate son of Grand Duke of Tuscany, in the early seventeenth century. These documents support and supplement the more detailed, analytical study of Blanis that Goldberg also published in 2011, titled Jews and Magic in Medici Florence (reviewed in Preternature 1.2).

By the time these letters were written, the Blanis family was a well-established part of the economic elite. Originally Iberian, the family migrated from Italy in the early sixteenth century under a certain Moyse Blanis, eventually coming to settle in Orvieto. Moyse was well educated and wealthy, and he had some powerful and prominent connections in Italian society. Indeed, such was the family's influence that Benedetto's grandfather was able to secure a special privilege from the pope that allowed him to...

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