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Y the bitterness and conflict of their times in a tragic alliance Rauel was the daughter of Yehuda a wealthy proud aristocrat who had come from Seville with his family to serve as Alfonso's Minister of Finance His mission was to replenish the country's depleted treasury but he saw in this assignment an opportunity to prevent war between the Christian North and the Moslem South and in the process to save his own people the Jews from being crushed between these tw An outstanding novel that beautifully blends the themes of religious tolerance power obedience love war jealousy wisdomrevenge and commitment The events take place in the Spain s convivencia period of time when Muslims were dominating many important cities in the Iberian Peninsula The major themes are developed within the framework of Muslims Jews and Christians coexistence The book gives us powerful images of the cultural interactions filled not only with persecution and conversion but also with peaceful relationships and cultural exchanges The most attractive part of the novel is the love story between the king of Castile Alfonso a Christian knight and his mistress Rauel the daughter of his Minister of Finance Don Yehuda a beautiful and intelligent Jewish young woman literate in Arabic and Hebrew not afraid to proclaim openly her faith so much of what affected her was strange to him and he wanted to know everything Every word which one of them said Electromyography for Experimentalists us powerful images of the cultural interactions filled not only with persecution and conversion but also with peaceful relationships and cultural exchanges The most attractive part of the novel is the love story between the king of Castile Alfonso a Christian knight and his mistress Rauel the daughter of his Minister of Finance Don Yehuda a beautiful and intelligent Jewish young woman literate in Arabic and Hebrew not afraid to proclaim openly her faith so much of what affected her was strange to him and he wanted to know everything Every word which one of them said

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The King became passionately enad with a Jewess who was called by the name of Fermosa meaning The Beautiful and he forgot his wife And he shut himself up with the Jewess for almost seven full years forgetful of himself and of his realm also and paying no heed to any other thing Alfonso el Sabio Cronica General c This is a haunting love story of Alfonso VIII the Christian King of Castile and Rauel the beautiful Die Jüdin EpubJewess of Toledo two lovers trapped b This book was actually painful to read But it was a sweet pain It was painful because Feuchtwanger gives such keen insight into the psyche of his characters so much so that you feel their frustrations as if they were coming from your own inner being You can feel Yehuda s disgust over the king s barbaric ways you can feel the king s disgust over Yehuda s shrewd ways You can feel the weight of each moment as if you were standing there with them One moment you hate a character the next you are crying for him This book is about torment and snapping points It is about foreign bodies assimilating and rejecting It is a great sweeping story that is dramatic and enlightening I learned a lot of history from this book and at the same time was thoroughly entertained Feuchtwanger though obviously much was an amazing story teller Electromyography for Experimentalists up with the Jewess for almost seven full years forgetful of himself and of his realm also and paying no heed to any other thing Alfonso el Sabio Cronica General c This is a haunting love story of Alfonso VIII the Christian King of Castile and Rauel the beautiful Die Jüdin EpubJewess of Toledo two lovers trapped b This book was actually painful to read But it was a sweet pain It was painful because Feuchtwanger gives such keen insight into the psyche of his characters so much so that you feel their frustrations as if they were coming from your own inner being You can feel Yehuda s disgust over the king s barbaric ways you can feel the king s disgust over Yehuda s shrewd ways You can feel the weight of each moment as if you were standing there with them One moment you hate a character the next you are crying for him This book is about torment and snapping points It is about foreign bodies assimilating and rejecting It is a great sweeping story that is dramatic and enlightening I learned a lot of history from this book and at the same time was thoroughly entertained Feuchtwanger though obviously much was an amazing story teller

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O ruthless forces But when the impetuous Alfonso fell in love with Rauel and demanded her as his mistress Yehuda had to choose between his daughter's future and the fate of his people In this epic romance of the lovers and their bitter destinies Lion Feuchtwanger one of the world's great historical novelists has brilliantly recreated the drama and pageantry of the Middle Ages rent with love and hate cruelty and compassion profanity and piety bloodshed and ritual A bit heavy to read as his prose is rather old fashioned but a fascinating story and extremely well written full of insights and a vast knowledge of the three big religions in medieval Spain


10 thoughts on “Die Jüdin von Toledo

  1. says:

    This book was actually painful to read But it was a sweet pain ; It was painful because Feuchtwanger gives such keen insight into the psyche of his characters – so much so that you feel their frustrations as if they were coming from your own inner being You can feel Yehuda’s disgust over the king’s barbaric ways; you can fe

  2. says:

    Highly recommended but hard to find I'm a reader not a reviewer so I apologize in advance This book deserves a much better reviewer So the king falls in love with Rauel and forgets his kingdom and his ueen among other things The king doesn't really trust Jews but he picks Yehuda to be his financial adviser because he is the best choice Yehuda was raised as a Muslim He is very cultured and wise So are his son and daughter

  3. says:

    It's Spain's Toledo in Castile at times of ReconuestThe pic of history entails both love and war along with Jewish people drama zestMy fellow Jews who are advisers to the kings to you I issue my advisePlease read this book and hide

  4. says:

    The best love story that I have read Period Brilliantly written touching to the bones and incredibly moving Do not pass this book I have read it many times and will be reading times in the future Also I suggest to read it in Russian t

  5. says:

    Wow this was really amazing I think that it is a shame that so little people know such a great book This is really a picture of a book which I consider valuable because you get so many things in one story It is a historic book because it describes the situation during Spanish Reconuista and coexistence of three different cultures I

  6. says:

    An outstanding novel that beautifully blends the themes of religious tolerance power obedience love war jealousy wisdomrevenge and commitment The events take place in the Spain's 'convivencia' period of time when Muslims were dominating many important cities in the Iberian Peninsula The major themes are developed within the framewo

  7. says:

    When I started reading this book I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to finish it as I saw it was related to politics and I was never interested in politics But in this book history politics economics and the e

  8. says:

    Lion Feuchtwanger is one of my favourite authors pity he is not widely known in English reaidng worldThis is a very nice historical lo

  9. says:

    A bit heavy to read as his prose is rather old fashioned but a fascinating story and extremely well written full of insights and a vast knowle

  10. says:

    Feuchtwanger lays everything thoughts motivations backgrounds etc in front of the reader's eyes and doesn't make me feel anything I like him for this

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