Erika Rummel

About me

Erika Rummel is the author of a dozen non-fiction books (Renaissance history, biography) and two novels, PLAYING NAOMI (2009) and HEAD GAMES (2013). She divides her time between Toronto and Los Angeles and has lived in small villages in Argentina, Romania, and Bulgaria.

From my website

A DESCRIPTION OF PASSOVER RITES, 1509.Cover image of Pfefferkorn's bookThis description comes from a booklet entitled How the Blind Jews celebrate their Easter (Wie die blinden Juden yr Ostern halten). The author, Johann Pfefferkorn, was a German Jew who converted to Christianity.  The book clearly shows his anti-Semitic bias, but provided…

EARLY MODERN CURFEW: Life in a college residence.From the 1510 regulations governing the life in Ildefonso College in Alcala:The Gated Community.The main gate shall always be locked at dusk. Other gates shall be locked between seven and nine, according to the seasons. Fifteen minutes before the gate is locked the…

EARLY MODERN TREATMENT: Possessed by the Devil and punished by the Inquisition.In 1552, the wool carder Bartolom√© Sanchez of Cardenete sensed that he was possessed by the devil. The Inquisition immediately took an interest in him. According to trial records, Sanchez attempted to get rid of the Devil by the…

 
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