During Spain's attack on Amsterdam, the infant Baruch Spinoza was orphaned when his parents were killed by cannon fire. The infant was declared herem by the city's rabbis after they had learned about his historical philosophical role. The rabbis turned Spinoza over to Rebecca Abrabanel to be adopted. Various members of the Grantville delegation were intrigued by the possibilities the infant Spinoza presented, especially since he was now likely to grow up among Americans.
It has been noted that, since he was conceived after the Ring of Fire, his genetics are probably not exactly the same as those of the OTL's Baruch Spinoza, though they are likely to be very similar.
Also, Grantville had at least some of the works of the OTL's Spinoza.
- ↑ http://www.geni.com/people/Miriam-Spinoza/6000000013340826467
- ↑ Listing in Dutch Wikipedia indicates that she was younger than Baruch, but her DOB is unknown.
- ↑ Neither are mentioned, but Isaac is almost certainly pre-RoF, and Miriam definitely is.
- ↑ 1634: The Galileo Affair, ch. 6
- ↑ 1632, ch. 26