Wednesday, 23 November 2011

King of Denmark visits Livorno synagogue, 1709

No doubt a brilliant PR move by King Frederick IV of Denmark, whose principal enemies were Protestant, not Catholic. I am sure the visit helped keep the Jewish merchants in the Danish, rather than Swedish, camp.

"The Jews have a handsome Synagogue in this City [Leghorn/Livorno]. The King of Denmark being there in the Year 1709, would not go to any of the Roman Catholick Churches, but went to the Synagogue, as they say; of which they keep a Memorial in an Inscription on the Stair-case which goes up to it."

Edward Wright (Esq.). Some observations made in travelling: through France, Italy, &c. 1730. Page 373

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