JEWS AND MAGIC...
Jews and Magic in Medici
: The Secret World of Benedetto Blanis is coming off the press – now as we speak – after many years and many adventures. Florence
It all began with a breathtaking discovery in the Medici Granducal Archive. I found a cache of two hundred letters from Benedetto Blanis (a Jew in the Florentine Ghetto) to his great patron Don Giovanni dei Medici (the illegitimate son of Cosimo I, Grand Duke of Tuscany). This is the largest body of surviving correspondence from any Jew in early modern