I, Teresa de Lucena tells the story of a complex chapter of Spanish history through an intimate lens: the testimony of a woman who faced the Spanish Inquisition twice.
Teresa was seventeen in 1485 when she and other conversos in Toledo faced the Inquisition for the first time; she was sixty-two in 1530 when she was arrested and held for eighteen months in an Inquisition jail. After a lengthy trial, meticulously recorded by the official scribes, she was found guilty of heresy for practicing Judaism in secret. Saved by her wits, she survived.
How do you make this complex story accessible and beautiful? Join the translator Ellen Kanner and the illustrator Annie Zeybekoglu to learn more about how they created this intimate portrait of one woman’s survival and framed it with the religious, political and social changes that shaped her life.
Ellen is an independent scholar and teacher who has lived and studied in Spain for many years. Annie is an artist and book designer with extensive commercial and teaching experience.
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