The Long Journey of Gracia Mendes
Marianne D. Birnbaum is Professor emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles, and is also a visiting professor at Central European University.
The text recounting the last fifteen years of Gracia's life at the center of the Empire is particularly revealing. Birnbaum's biography has the unique distinction of being the first among many studies to pay tribute to a woman during this period. It is also one of the first titles to pay equal attention to the lives of the Conversos in Christian West Europe and in the Muslim East.