Nasi (Mendes), Gracia

(c. 1510-69)
   Portuguese marrano stateswoman and patroness. She was born in Portugal (as Beatrice de Luna), and married the banker Francisco Mendes. On his death she went to Antwerp in 1537. Fearing religious persecution, she escaped to Venice in 1545, but she was denounced and imprisoned there. Released in 1549, she moved to Ferrara, where she was known as a Jewess and became a patron of writers. She also controlled an underground organization which rescued marranos from Portugal. In 1553 she went to Constantinople, where she became known as Gracia Nasi. Joined by her nephew Joseph Nasi, she became the leader of Turkish Jewry. She built synagogues, helped fugitive marranos, and began a project for the colonization of Tiberias.

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  • Gracia Nasi — Gracia Nasi, cuyo nombre de conversa fue Beatriz de Luna Miques , también fue conocida simplemente comon La Señora , (1510 1569), fue una rica y poderosa mujer, nacida en una familia judía de Portugal, de origen aragonés. Vida A los dieciocho… …   Wikipedia Español

  • NASI, GRACIA — (c. 1510–1569), Marrano stateswoman and patroness. A member of the first generation of Portuguese Marranos (probably of Spanish descent), her original name as a Christian in Portugal, where she was born, was Beatrice de Luna. In 1528 she married… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • MENDES, DIOGO — (b. before 1492–D.C. 1542), Marrano merchant, born in Spain, and descended from the benveniste family. With his brother Francisco (d. 1536), he established a business in spices and precious stones. He settled in antwerp , and on his brother s… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Gracia Mendes Nasi — (Gracia is archaic Portuguese and Spanish for the Hebrew Hannah, also known by her Christianized name Beatriz de Luna Miques, 1510–1569) was one of the wealthiest Jewish women of Renaissance Europe. She married into the eminent international… …   Wikipedia

  • Gracia Nasi — (* 1510 in Portugal; † 1569 bei Konstantinopel; christlicher Taufname: Beatrice de Luna Miques) war eine jüdisch sephardische Frau der Renaissance, sie leitete die Bank „House of Mendes/Nasi“, war Diplomatin und Philanthropin und als solche gilt… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Gracia Nasi — Gracia Nassi Pour les articles homonymes, voir Nasi. Gracia Nasi, ou Béatrice de Luna, selon le nom adopté en tant que prétendue catholique, née en 1510 à Lisbonne (Portugal), est une femme légendaire de la Renaissance, qui géra une immense… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • NASI, JOSEPH — (c. 1524–1579), statesman. Nasi was born as a Marrano in Portugal, perhaps descended from the ancient Spanish Jewish family of Nasi. (See Chart: Nasi Family). He was the son of the Portuguese royal physician Agostinho (formerly Samuel) Micas (d.… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Gracia — may refer to:*Spanish word meaning grace **best known for the expression muchas gracias , meaning thanks a lot or many thanks Places: * Gràcia, a district of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. ** Streets in this district: ** Passeig de Gràcia ** Carrer …   Wikipedia

  • Gracia Nassi — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Nasi. Gracia Nasi, ou Béatrice de Luna, selon le nom adopté en tant que prétendue catholique, née en 1510 à Lisbonne (Portugal), est une figure de la Renaissance, qui géra une immense fortune familiale et prêta… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Joseph Nasi — (christlicher Taufname: João Miquez; * 1524 in Portugal; † 2. August 1579 in Istanbul[1]) war ein jüdischer Diplomat, Bankier und Finanzexperte am Hof der osmanischen Sultane Süleyman I. und Selim II. In seinem bewegten Leben führte er… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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