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Nouvelles recherches sur la poétesse Debora Ascarelli. Juifs, chrétiens et convertis dans la Rome de Clément VIII

Abstract : New research on the poetess Debora Ascarelli. Jews, Christians, and Converts in the Rome of Clement VIII. Until now, all that was known on Debora Ascarelli, probably the first Jewish woman to have her book published (Venice, 1601), was available in her book. This paper presents a new sum of information about her, identifying her as Debora Corcos, the daughter of Ugo and sister of Gregorio Boncompagni, the most famous converts of the reign of pope Gregory XIII. Being married first to Isac Goioso, then to Joseph Ascarelli, and the mother of nine children, she remained a Jew, in spite of the baptism of a great number of her relatives under the patronage of the Curia and the spiritual tutoring of the congregation of the Oratory. The rapt of her four younger children in November 1604 (a case of conversion invitis parentibus, which divided the cardinals of the Congregation of the Council) was certainly the turning point of her life. This paper shows the complexity of the factors that could be an incentive or an obstacle to crossing the religious boundary, in a context of strong pressures on the Jews of Rome.
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Isabelle Poutrin. Nouvelles recherches sur la poétesse Debora Ascarelli. Juifs, chrétiens et convertis dans la Rome de Clément VIII. Mélanges de l’École française de Rome - Italie et Méditerranée, Ecole Française de Rome, 2018, 130 (1), p. 245-260. ⟨mnhn-01962134⟩



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