Joachim Gaunse, mettallurgists, Shakespeare, Jews
Joachim Gaunse, a Bohemian metallurgist, was brought to England to help evaluate the resources of the New World. During a visit to Bristol in 1589, he defended his Jewish rejection of Jesus. The reaction of those who heard this real Jew gives some indication of how theater audiences may have responded to Shakespeare’s Shylock.
Walton, Michael T.
"Shylock and Joachim Gaunse: and a Real Jew,"
Quidditas: Vol. 34
, Article 9.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/rmmra/vol34/iss1/9