The Jew in the Crown -- Marco Raphael, Rabbi to Henry VIII

posted Apr 29, 2010, 1:25 AM by Professor Katz
If you want to know more about poor Marco Raphael, and if you are connected to a university server, you can click here: http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/74979  There you'll find the entry I wrote for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

You can find even more about him in the first chapter of my book, The Jews in the History of England, 1485-1850 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994).  Sadly, a lot of that book is free online: http://books.google.com/books?id=uflg1ybHAPQC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_v2_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q=&f=false

I wasn't joking when I said that in Israel, about a dozen men each year receive permission to take a second wife.  If Henry VIII had only listened to Marco Raphael, he could have avoided the nuisance of a Reformation:
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