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The Jews of Medieval Western Christendom



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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521616645

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  • Between the years AD 1000 and 1500, western Christendom absorbed by conquest and attracted through immigration a growing number of Jews. This community was to make a valuable contribution to rapidly developing European civilisation but was also to suffer some terrible setbacks, culminating in a series of expulsions from the more advanced westerly areas of Europe. At the same time, vigorous new branches of world Jewry emerged and a rich new Jewish cultural legacy was created. In this important historical synthesis, Robert Chazan discusses the Jewish experience over a 500 year period across the entire continent of Europe. As well as being the story of medieval Jewry, the book simultaneously illuminates important aspects of majority life in Europe during this period. This book is essential reading for all students of medieval Jewish history and an important reference for any scholar of medieval Europe.

    • The first new synthesis of medieval Jewish history to be published in ten years
    • Written by one of the world's leading authorities on medieval Jewish history
    • Covers 500 years and the entire continent of Europe
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    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521616645
    • length: 362 pages
    • dimensions: 213 x 137 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of maps
    Part I. Prior Legacies:
    1. The Muslim legacy
    2. The Christian legacy
    3. The Jewish legacy
    Part II. The Pan-European Roman Catholic Church:
    4. Theological doctrine
    5. Ecclesiastical policies
    6. Imagery of Judaism and the Jews
    7. Cultural and spiritual creativity: danger, challenge, stimulus
    8. Looking ahead
    Part III. The Older Jewries of the South:
    9. Southern France
    10. Christian Spain
    11. Italy and Sicily
    Part IV. The Newer Jewries of the North: Northern France:
    12. Northern France
    13. England
    Part V. The Newer Jewries of the North: Germany and Eastern Europe:
    14. Germany
    15. Eastern Europe
    Part VI. Material Challenges, Successes and Failures:
    16. Obstacles and attractions
    17. The governing authorities
    18. Successes
    19. The dynamics of deterioration
    Part VII. Spiritual Challenges, Successes and Failures:
    20. Proselytizing, conversion and resistance
    21. Strengthening traditional lines of Jewish cultural creativity
    22. Innovative lines of cultural creativity
    23. New and creative Jewish culture

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • History of the Middle Ages (focus on Jewish Life)
    • Israel and Torah
    • Jews and Christian in the Middle Ages
    • Medieval Jewish Theology
    • Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History
  • Author

    Robert Chazan, New York University
    Dr Robert Chazan is currently S. H. and Helen R. Scheur Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University.

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