|Nickname(s)||Mendoza the Jew|
The Star of Israel
|Weight(s)||160 lb (73 kg)|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Born||21 January 1764|
Whitechapel, Aldgate, England
|Died||3 September 1836 (aged 72)|
Horse Shoe Alley, London, England
|Stance||Orthodox, with new defensive techniques, and guard up|
|Wins by KO||30|
Daniel Mendoza (5 July 1764[a] – 3 September 1836) (often known as Dan Mendoza) was an English prizefighter, who became the 18th boxing champion of England from 1792–1795. He was of Sephardic or Spanish Jewish descent.
Mendoza was the most accomplished and scientific fighter of his time; he was intelligent, communicative, a master of ring strategy and defense, and several rungs above his contemporaries. His life was a study in contrasts, however. He could be brave, kind, and charismatic, or dangerously violent, and was found guilty of crimes of fraud and assault in 1793 and 1795. His poor money management skills and lack of business acumen landed him in debtors' prison on several occasions. Regardless of his shortcomings, he revolutionized self-defense with his book The Art of Boxing, became an heroic and admired figure, and elevated the status of Jews in London during a period of significant antisemitism.
Early life and ancestry
Daniel Mendoza was born in Whitechapel, Aldgate, London, England, on 5 July 1764, to a family of Spanish and Portuguese Jews, also known as Sephardim. By the time he was born, Jews had been allowed to settle in England for about one hundred years, having been readmitted officially by Cromwell in 1656. They were still regarded by many Londoners with a degree of suspicion and confronted antisemitism. His ancestors came from Jaen, Spain; they had emigrated to the Netherlands, which had a policy of toleration, where his grandfather was born. The family moved to London, with ancestors living there for a century before Mendoza's birth. Several sources wrote that some of his London ancestors from Spain had earlier concealed their Jewish identity and converted to Christianity, becoming Marannos. According to many genealogical websites, his parents were Abraham Aaron Mendoza and Esther Lopez and were believed to be artisans. Jewish scholar Albert Hyamson wrote that Aaron Mendoza, a ritual slaughterer or shochet, who had written a book on his craft in 1773, was his grandfather.
Mendoza attended a Jewish school, Shaare Tikvah, where he was instructed in English grammar, writing, and arithmetic, as well as Hebrew. He grew up in London's East End in poor surroundings and worked as a glass cutter, laborer, assistant to a green grocer, and an actor before taking up boxing as a profession.
According to several sources, Mendoza was undefeated in 27 straight fights prior to 1788. Bare-knuckle fights ended when an opponent was knocked out or unable to continue, or by foul or draw. Mendoza defeated the following opponents between 1780–82: Tom Wilson, John Horn, John Lloyd, Thomas Monk, John Hand, Bill Move, John Williams, Richard Dennis, George Cannon, Al Fuller, Tom Spencer, William Taylor, John Braintree, William Byrant, John Matthews, George Hoast, George MacKenzie, John Hall, William Cannon, George Barry, George Smith, William Nelson. Despite the general prohibition on boxing at the time, the sport was widely popular; Mendoza's fight against Sam Martin was arranged by the Prince of Wales.
Early career highlights 1780–90
Mendoza's first fight occurred in 1780 when he was 16. At the time, he was working for a tea dealer in Aldgate, London. The fight was not a prize fight for a purse, but a contest to settle a dispute with a porter over payment for a consignment of tea. The porter had demanded twice the agreed price for the consignment and Mendoza said the porter behaved in a manner unfit for a gentleman. After much arguing between the porter and the proprietor of the tea dealership, the porter challenged the owner to settle the dispute by a duel with fists.
Believing the porter was cheating his frail employer, Mendoza accepted the challenge on his behalf. Richard Humphries acted as Mendoza's second. Humphries would later act as a manager for Mendoza, arranging training facilities and securing payment for fights. The duel with the porter took place in the street outside the tea dealership in a hastily constructed ring. The fight lasted for forty-five minutes, ending when the porter declared he was unable to continue. This victory brought a small measure of fame to Mendoza, as stories of the fight spread through the surrounding neighborhoods and portrayed Mendoza as the talented whippersnapper who had not just beaten, but thrashed his larger opponent.
Bout with Harry the Coalheaver, 1784
Turning professional at 18, Mendoza fought at Mile End in 1784 against Harry the Coalheaver. After an incredible 118 rounds, lasting forty minutes, Mendoza brought the larger man into submission.
After 17 victories, he fought Tom Tyne in July 1783, in a bout billed as the lightweight championship of England, but lost in a bitterly fought contest that lasted ninety minutes. Seven months later, although it took 27 rounds, he defeated Tyne in their rematch in Croyden, giving a brilliant display of scientific boxing that bolstered his reputation.
Bout with Sam Martin, 1787
After his fight with Sam Martin the Bath Butcher in Barnet on 17 April 1787, which Mendoza won in ten rounds and a total of 26 minutes, he was transported home followed by a cheering crowd who carried lighted torches and sang 'See the Conquering Hero Comes'. After the fight, the Prince of Wales, who would become King George IV, presented Mendoza with 500 pounds, in addition to the 500 pounds he had won in the match, and shook his hand in full view of the gallery. Mendoza used the money to open a boxing school in Capel Court. The recognition by royalty annoyed his second, occasional manager Richard Humphries, who became a rival and planned for a match, but it elevated the stature of Jews in London.
With the money he won from the Martin fight, Mendoza is believed to have married first cousin Esther Mendoza around 1789. They would have eleven children, who Mendoza later struggled to support. Before he married, he promised Esther to quit boxing, but was unable to keep his promise.
Bouts with Richard Humphries, 1787–90
The climax of his boxing career was defined by three bouts with his former mentor and second Richard Humphries between 1787 and 1790. The first, and less known of these took place on 9 September 1787; Mendoza lost in 29 minutes. This fight was not considered as important by historians, perhaps because Humphries dominated, or because there were fewer persons in attendance.
The second bout with Humphries set history. It was the first time spectators were charged an entry-payment to a sporting event. Mendoza and Humphries were personally involved in planning the entry price for attendees, and used newspapers to drum up interest with the intent of obtaining a more profitable deal. The fights were hyped by a series of combative letters published between Humphries and Mendoza. Their meeting finally took place, after postponement, on a rainy 9 January 1788 in Odiham, Hampshire and was attended by 10,000 spectators.
Included in the audience were the Prince of Wales and the Duke of York, who wagered 40,000 pounds on the match. Humphries was a 2–1 favorite to win, though Mendoza had his own followers and was heavily backed by the Jewish community, who placed bets and comprised ten percent of the audience.
The fight was disrupted from a foul called when Humphries' second, the former champion, Tom Johnson blocked a blow but, according to Mendoza's account, this did not end the fight. According to his own account, Mendoza slipped on the wet boards of the ring and badly sprained his ankle, preventing him from continuing, and requiring him to forfeit the bout.
At least seven English newspapers of the era, including London's Times and Chronicle, published articles on the Mendoza-Humphries bouts, and United States papers ran stories as well. In one newspaper article to advertise their meeting, Mendoza taunted, "Mr. Humphreys is afraid, he dares not meet me as a boxer … though he has the advantages of strength and age, though a teacher of the art, he meanly shrinks from a public trial of that skill". Humphries replied Mendoza should make the same claim in the ring, and vowed to meet him.
In his third bout against Humphries on 6 May 1789 in Stelton, Hastingdonshire, Mendoza dominated and won on a foul in the 65th round when Humphries was believed to have dropped to the ground without being hit. Mendoza had trained for the bout at the Essex home of his strongest backer, Sir Thomas A. Price. After the win, Mendoza claimed the middleweight championship of England, and hoped to lay claims to the heavyweight championship as well. The specially built arena had tiered seating and could accommodate up to 3000 people, a more modest crowd than at his second bout. The battle commenced a little after one o’clock in the afternoon. The smaller crowd may have been due to Hanstingdonshire being a long journey for many fans, ninety miles from London. It was clear early in the fight that Mendoza's hand and foot work were vastly superior to Humphries', though both men were accomplished scientific boxers and had studied each other's style. The Times of London declared Mendoza the champion of England.
Mendoza won his fourth and final bout with Humphries on 29 September 1790 in an incredible 72 rounds in Doncaster, successfully defending what he considered the Middleweight championship of England, though there was no unified body sanctioning the title at the time. Recognized by many for his previous win, Mendoza was the 5–4 favorite, and he thoroughly thrashed his opponent, ten minutes into the bout. Pierce Egan, English boxing author of the period, noted that many in the crowd were behind Mendoza although many London fans were antisemitic, and that the "humanity of Mendoza was conspicuous throughout the fight—often was it witnessed that Dan threw his arm when he might have put in a most tremendous blow upon his exhausted adversary".
Claiming the championship of England
Following the retirement of Tom Johnson in 1790, Mendoza claimed the championship of all England. His claim was further enhanced by the retirement of the reigning all-England champion Ben Brain, in January 1791. On 14 May 1792, Mendoza defended the middleweight championship of England in a 23-round, one hour and sixteen minute win against Bill Warr, his former sparring partner, at Smitham Bottom in Croydon. This cemented his claim and brought him full recognition as the all English champion. The title included all weight classes, so the middleweight Mendoza had to defend it against taller, heavier men in the heavyweight class.
After his win against Warr, Mendoza is believed to have met with King George III, formerly the Prince of Wales, at Windsor Palace. He was the first English Jew to speak to a king. Poems and songs were written of Mendoza, he sat for portraits, and was asked to give boxing exhibitions at London's prestigious Covent Gardens. Mendoza was paid 50 English pounds, an impressive sum in 1790, for several of his boxing demonstrations at Covent Gardens, which he conducted as often as three times a week.
In 1791 Mendoza went on a sparring and exhibition tour of the British Isles with a travelling circus. Once in Ireland, he soundly defeated the burly amateur known as "Squire Fitzgerald," who on 2 August had expressed a desire to test his skill with the champion.
Mendoza's new style of boxing
Before Mendoza, boxers generally stood still and merely swapped punches. Mendoza's "scientific style" included a diverse array of defensive movements and strategies that included "side-stepping", moving rapidly away, ducking, and blocking. His new offensive tactics included the guard, and the straight left. With the guard, the hands were held high to protect the head and chin and the forearms might be tucked against the torso to impede body shots. The stance was at a slight side angle to create a smaller target. When protecting the body, the boxer rotated the hips and let incoming punches "roll" off. Feints or misleading moves could be made with a partial punch or movement of the arm, or by a small movement of the lead foot.
Mendoza's new strategy, the Mendoza School, also referred to as the Jewish School, was criticized in some circles as cowardly as it included side-stepping and ducking. However, with his new technique Mendoza was able to fully gain advantage from his small stature, speed, and punching power, permitting him to overcome much heavier opponents. He based some of his new defense on his studies of contemporary fencers and their intricate style of parrying thrusts and lunges from opponents. Though he stood only 5 feet 7 inches (170 cm) and weighed only 160 pounds (73 kg), he may have been the only middleweight to ever win the heavyweight championship of England. In 1789 he published his masterpiece, "The Art of Boxing", one of the earliest volumes on the sport. The book became a primer for a new generation of English and American boxers, and its techniques spread throughout Europe.
With the popular support he gained from his boxing victories, Mendoza helped transform the popular English stereotype of a Jew from an anonymous weak, and defenseless person into an individual deserving of respect. This image was bolstered by his conference with the future King George III, when they met in public view after the Martin fight.
Boxing decline and retirement 1793-5
Though he remained an admired and heroic figure, Mendoza's decline in popular support may have partly been due to public knowledge of several crimes he committed, which he omitted from his memoirs. He may have been deported early in his life for robbery, was undoubtedly accused of fraud in a well publicized Old Bailey trial in October 1793, and was found guilty in a London trial of viciously assaulting a woman, Rachel Joel, for insulting his wife in 1795. Violent acts were not unknown to his children, either. Two of his sons, Daniel and Abraham, in separate incidents were deported for acts of violence against two gentlemen they had just robbed.
After a stay in a debtors' prison, he resumed training and defeated William Warr on 12 November 1794, completely outclassing him in only seventeen minutes at Bexley Common. Declining in popularity despite holding the championship, his purse was too small to provide food for his starving family, so he found work as a recruiting Sargent.
Loss of English championship, 1795
On 15 April 1795, Mendoza fought "Gentleman" John Jackson for the English championship on a stage at Hornchurch in Essex. At a muscular twenty-six, Jackson was five years younger than Mendoza's weary thirty-one, 4 inches (10 cm) taller, and 42 pounds (19 kg) heavier. Two hundred guineas, or a little over two hundred British pounds were laid on each side, and the future King William IV was among the audience. The bout was only Jackson's third professional fight, but Mendoza's age, months in prison, and years of punishment gave the advantage to the less battered Jackson. The bigger man won in nine rounds, paving the way to victory by muscling Mendoza into the corner of the ring, grabbing his hair, and pummeling his head with uppercuts using his free hand. Mendoza managed to come back up to scratch after this, but was soon knocked out. Jackson beat him into submission by the end of the 9th round. Mendoza asked for a foul for the hair pulling, but it was ruled to be legal at the time. Many pugilists, such as James Figg and Jack Broughton, shaved their heads to avoid the possibility of this, until hair-pulling was eventually banned in boxing. Mendoza retired after his loss, and though he attempted boxing comebacks, he never again enjoyed the same size audiences or received large purses. Although Mendoza continued sparring tours well into the nineteenth century, 1795 marked the beginning of a steep decline in his popularity and for the most part, his income. He very rarely appeared in the London newspapers after this period, and had lost respect with much of the public.
In 1799, Mendoza contracted a debt and ended in Carlisle Prison. Though he was bailed out by friends in the Freemasons, he later served another six months. With great connections, though a convict, he was later appointed Sheriff's Assistant to the County of Middlesex in 1806, though he would have to evade prison again in later life due to mounting debts.
Work at Admiral Nelson pub, 1806-9
Victory over Harry Lee
On 21 March 1806, at Grinstead Green, Mendoza returned to the ring and defeated the taller Harry Lee in 53 grueling rounds. Mendoza had cemented his reputation, and was a 3–1 favorite in the betting. The purse was 50 guineas or a little over fifty pounds for each boxer. Mendoza began to seek other sources of income, becoming the landlord of the "Admiral Nelson" pub and public house in Whitechapel with his money from the Lee fight. He continued his work at the pub for a number of years. He turned down a number of offers for re-matches and in 1807 wrote a letter to The Times of London in which he said he was devoting himself chiefly to teaching the art.
In 1809 he and some associates were hired by the theatre manager John Philip Kemble of Covent Gardens in an attempt to suppress the Old Price Riots. The riots lasted three months and became a violent uprising of British commoners against the increase in prices at the new theatre after the old theatre had burnt down. The resulting poor publicity probably cost Mendoza much of his remaining popular support, as he was seen to be fighting on the side of the privileged. The anger against the raising of the prices also sparked additional anti-Semitism in London and apparently, judging by the press accounts, against Mendoza himself.
He published his second book, the autobiographical "Memoirs of the Life of Daniel Mendoza" in 1816.
Though not well documented, Mendoza went on several exhibition tours through the British Isles, the most successful being those made in the summer of 1819.
Mendoza made and spent a fortune. His memoirs report that he tried a number of ventures, including touring the British Isles giving boxing demonstrations, working as an actor, working in the oil and wine business, opening a boxing academy at the Lyceum in the Strand or government district of London, working as a recruiting sergeant for the army, and printing his own paper money.
Final loss and death, 1836
He made his last public appearance as a boxer on 4 July 1820, one day short of his 56th birthday, at Banstead Downs in a grudge match against Thomas Owen, a Hampshire Innkeeper five years younger; Mendoza hadn't fought for 14 years. In need of money, he made a questionable choice, and was defeated by knockout after 12 rounds.
According to several sources, he continued his work as an inn keeper and landlord, likely at the Admiral Nelson, in the later years of his life, and just before his death.
Though intelligent, and charismatic, his life was chaotic, and the mismanagement of his earnings proved a fatal flaw. He died on 3 September 1836 at the age of 72, reportedly at his home in Horseshoe Ally on London's Pettycoat Lane, tragically leaving his wife Ester and family of eleven in poverty. He was initially buried in the Nuevo Sephardic Cemetery, a Jewish Cemetery near Mile End, now part of the campus of Queen Mary University of London and later reburied in Brentwood Jewish Cemetery in Essex, England.
Pierce Egan, the author of Boxiana, a boxing history of the period, said of Mendoza that he was "a complete artist" and "a star of the first brilliancy." On the subject of race prejudice, Egan wrote, "In spite of his prejudice, he (the Christian) was compelled to exclaim – Mendoza was a pugilist of no ordinary merit." Egan further wrote "No pugilist whatever, since the time of Broughton (or even Broughton himself), has ever so completely elucidated, or promulgated, the principles of boxing as Daniel Mendoza". (Broughton was the first Englishman to write rules for the sport of boxing.)
Boxing achievements and honours
| All England Bare-knuckle Boxing Champion
12 November 1794 – 15 April 1795
Gentleman John Jackson
Halls of Fame
- In 1954 Mendoza was elected to The Ring magazine Hall of Fame (Boxing Hall of Fame).
- Mendoza was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1981.
- In 1990 he was inducted into the inaugural class of the International Boxing Hall of Fame
- In 2017, Mendoza was inducted in the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame
References in popular culture
- The actor Peter Sellers was Mendoza's 1st-cousin-4x-removed, and he hung portraits of the boxer in the backgrounds of several of his films. The Australian writer David Malouf is descended in the same degree from Mendoza.
- Mendoza appears in several Gillray cartoons.
- Mendoza appears as a character in the 1942 British drama The Young Mr. Pitt.
- In September 2008 a commemorative plaque to Dan Mendoza (made by Louise Soloway) was unveiled in London by Sir Henry Cooper. It hangs on the wall of the main library of Queen Mary University of London, adjacent to the student cafeteria.
- His former home on Paradise Row in Bethnal Green is marked by a blue plaque.
- A play about Mendoza, "The Punishing Blow", by Randy Cohen, debuted in 2009.
- A short award-winning film, "Broken and Outcast," in which Daniel Mendoza appears as a character, was released in 2018.
- Daniel Mendoza has been the subject of two historical comic books:
- Mendoza The Great is one of the anthology stories featured in The Victor comics drawn by artist Ted Rawlings.
- Mendoza the Jew: Boxing, Manliness, and Nationalism, A Graphic History is a book written by Ronald Schechter and illustrated by Liz Clarke.
- Pugilism.org describes Mendoza as one of the 5 Hardest Men of the Pugilistic Era.
- Mendoza appears as a character in the 1934 movie "The Scarlet Pimpernel" at approximately the 40 minute mark.
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- Newspaper account of assault of Rachel Joel in London Packet or New Lloyd’s Evening Post, 28 October 1795
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- Grandfather was slaughterer in The Jewish Boxer's Hall of Fame, Blady, Ken, (1988) Shapolsky Publishers, Inc., New York, NY, pg. 9
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- Mendoza – Memoirs of Daniel Mendoza (1816) p.9
- Fight with Coalheaver in The Jewish Boxer's Hall of Fame, Blady, Ken, (1988) Shapolsky Publishers, Inc., New York, NY, pg. 9.
- Defeated Tyne in The Jewish Boxer's Hall of Fame, Blady, Ken, (1988) Shapolsky Publishers, Inc., New York, NY, pg. 10.
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- Prince of Wales, future King was there in The Jewish Boxer's Hall of Fame, Blady, Ken, (1988) Shapolsky Publishers, Inc., New York, NY, pg. 10
- Married cousin with the money in The Jewish Boxer's Hall of Fame, Blady, Ken, (1988) Shapolsky Publishers, Inc., New York, NY, pg. 10
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- Brodie, Daniel, "The Jewish Strong Man", Department of Jewish Studies, McGill University, Montreal, July 2011, pg. 38
- Foul did not end fight in Brodie, Daniel, "The Jewish Strong Man", Department of Jewish Studies, McGill University, Montreal, July 2011, pg. 74–5
- Mendoza slipped and fell in The Jewish Boxer's Hall of Fame, Blady, Ken, (1988) Shapolsky Publishers, Inc., New York, NY, pg. 10–11
- "The Man Who Birthed Modern Boxing". The Huddle. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
- Brodie, Daniel, "The Jewish Strong Man", Department of Jewish Studies, McGill University, Montreal, July 2011, pg. 7
- Was backed by Thomas A. Price in Slater, Robert, (1983), Great Jews in Sports, Johnathan David Publishers, Middle Village, New York, , pg. 199.
- At 1 o'clock in Brodie, Daniel, "The Jewish Strong Man", Department of Jewish Studies, McGill University, Montreal, July 2011, pg. 80
- Bout with Humphries and other bouts in The Jewish Boxer's Hall of Fame, Blady, Ken, (1988) Shapolsky Publishers, Inc., New York, NY, pg. 10–11
- Mendoza was champion of England, The Times, London, 8 May 1789, in Brodie, Daniel, "The Jewish Strong Man", Department of Jewish Studies, McGill University, Montreal, July 2011, pg. 83.
- Bout with Humphries and other bouts in The Jewish Boxer's Hall of Fame, Blady, Ken, (1988) Shapolsky Publishers, Inc., New York, NY, pg. 10–12
- Bout with Bill Warr in The Jewish Boxer's Hall of Fame, Blady, Ken, (1988) Shapolsky Publishers, Inc., New York, NY, pg. 13
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- Warr fight and work as recruiting Sargent in The Jewish Boxer's Hall of Fame, Blady, Ken, (1988) Shapolsky Publishers, Inc., New York, NY, pg. 13
- Defeated by John Jackson in The Jewish Boxer's Hall of Fame, Blady, Ken, (1988) Shapolsky Publishers, Inc., New York, NY, pps. 13–14.
- Brodie, Daniel, "The Jewish Strong Man", pg. 88
- Arrested for debt in The Jewish Boxer's Hall of Fame, Blady, Ken, (1988) Shapolsky Publishers, Inc., New York, NY, pg. 15
- Opened a pub after the Lee fight in The Jewish Boxer's Hall of Fame, Blady, Ken, (1988) Shapolsky Publishers, Inc., New York, NY, pg. 15
- Was inn keeper before he died, in Slater, Robert, (1983), Great Jews in Sports, Johnathan David Publishers, Middle Village, New York, , pg. 198–200, 200.
- Daniel Mendoza on the Find a Grave website
- Great Jews in Sports, Slater, pg. 198
- List of inductees on the BoxRec website
- "International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame". Jewishsports.net. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
- "Announcement on the website". Archived from the original on 8 April 2018. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
- Sikov, Ed, Mr. Strangelove, Hyperion, 2002, pg. 4
- Jason Steger, Bookmarks, The Age, 11 May 2019, Spectrum, p. 19
- National Portrait Gallery
- Jewish Museum, London
- Unveiling of the plaque on the Jewish East End of London website
- Plaque #1911 on Open Plaques
- Float Like A Butterfly, Sting Like A ... Jew, by Ted Merwin, Jewish Week, 18 March 2009 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 April 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Broken and Outcast".
- Mendoza The Great - a boxing strip from The Victor.
- Mendoza the Jew: Boxing, Manliness, and Nationalism; A Graphic History
- Mendoza on the Pugilism.org website
- A Treasury of Jewish Folklore: Nathan Ausubel
- Memoirs of the life of Daniel Mendoza OCLC 2963035
- The Sportsman's magazine of life in London and the country, Volume 1. London. 1845. p. 106.
- The Art of Boxing; by Daniel Mendoza; Originals will be hard to find, but reprints are available.
- The Memoirs of the Life of Daniel Mendoza (1816); A biography by Mendoza himself, very hard to find, although it has been reprinted
- The Memoirs of the Life of Daniel Mendoza; A reprint, edited by Paul Magriel (first edition 1951)
- The Memoirs of the Life of Daniel Mendoza; A reprint, edited by Alex Joanides (2011)
- Edwards, Lewis (1939–1945). "Daniel Mendoza". Transactions (Jewish Historical Society of England). Jewish Historical Society of England. 15: 73–92. JSTOR 29777842. (subscription required)
- Harold U. Ribalow, Daniel Mendoza, Fighter from Whitechapel (New York: Farrer, Straus, and Cudahy, Inc., 1962)
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