Book announcement: M. Mampieri, "Living under the Evil Pope" (Brill, 2020)

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Dear Colleagues,

I am happy to announce the publication of my first book, Living under the Evil Pope: The Hebrew Chronicle of Pope Paul IV by Benjamin Neḥemiah ben Elnathan from Civitanova Marche, 16th cent. (Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2020). 

The volume presents the Hebrew Chronicle of Pope Paul IV, written in the second half of the sixteenth century by the Italian Jewish moneylender Benjamin Neḥemiah ben Elnathan (alias Guglielmo di Diodato) from Civitanova Marche. The text remained in manuscript for about four centuries until the Galician scholar Isaiah Sonne (1887-1960) published a Hebrew annotated edition of the chronicle in the 1930s. This remarkable source offers an account of the events of the Papal States during Paul IV’s pontificate (1555-59). Making use of broad archival materials, Martina Mampieri reflects on the nature of this work, its historical background, and contents, providing a revised edition of the Hebrew text as well as the first unabridged English translation and commentary.

The book can be purchased either in its eBook and hardback version on Brill’s website: as well as major book sellers online. To benefit from 40% discount until October 1, 2020

Free download from Brill’s website may be possible in some cases. Check with your libraries and institutions if you are entitled to free download via institutional login. 

Stay safe and healthy.

Best wishes,



Martina Mampieri holds a double Ph.D. in History and Jewish Studies at the University of Roma Tre and the University of Hamburg. She is currently a Moritz Stern Fellow in Modern Jewish Studies at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Georg-August-University of Göttingen and will join the Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem from October 2020. In 2018-2019, she held other postdoctoral positions at Sapienza University of Rome, the Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes in Paris, and the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University.