The Missing Women

The history of Sephardi women in English life is minimal in the archives compared to that of men. Women were clearly as polylingual as their French, Spanish, Ladino-speaking brothers and fathers and some would have known Hebrew. Shakespeare gives us Jessica, his imaginary Jewish daughter of the infamous creation Shylock and Marlowe offers us the villainous Barabas’ daughter Abigail. Both ‘redeem’ themselves by becoming Christians.
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Listen: Emilia Bassano’s Eve’s Poem Apology in Defense of Women, 1611