“The Midwife of Venice” by Roberta Rich

The Midwife of VeniceI’m always intrigued by this era, so have The Midwife of Venice on my shelf to read. This book was rated well in Goodreads.

Hannah Levi is known throughout sixteenth-century Venice for her skill in midwifery. When a Christian count appears at Hannah’s door in the Jewish ghetto imploring her to attend his labouring wife, who is nearing death, Hannah is forced to make a dangerous decision. Not only is it illegal for Jews to render medical treatment to Christians, it’s also punishable by torture and death. Moreover, as her Rabbi angrily points out, if the mother or child should die, the entire ghetto population will be in peril. Published in 2011.

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