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Molcho, Solomon

Molcho, Solomon (1500–32). Jewish kabbalist and pseudo-messiah. Of Marrano stock, Molcho converted to Judaism. Fulfilling the Talmudic legend that the messiah would suffer, Molcho fasted in Rome dressed in rags. He secured the protection of the Pope, but was eventually burnt at the stake by the Emperor Charles V for his refusal to convert to Christianity. Many of his followers did not believe he had really died, and messianic legends grew up round his name.

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