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The Jews in Western Europe, 1400-1600

The Jews in Western Europe, 1400-1600

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As European politics, society, economy and religion underwent epoch-making changes between 1400 and 1600, the treatment of Europe's Jews by the non-Jewish majority was, then as in later periods, a symptom of social problems and tensions in the Continent as a whole. Through a broad-ranging collection of documents, John Edwards sets out to present a vivid picture of the Jewish presence in European life during this vital and turbulent period. Subjects covered include the Jews' own economic presence and culture, social relations between Jews and Christians, the policies and actions of Christian authorities in Church and State. He also draws upon original source material to convey ordinary people's prejudices about Jews, including myths about Jewish 'devilishness', money-grabbing, and 'ritual murder' of Christian children. Full introductory and explanatory material makes accessible the historical context of the subject and highlights the insights offered by the documents as well as the pitfalls to be avoided in this area of historical enquiry. This volume aims to provide a coherent working collection of texts for lecturers, teachers and students who wish to understand the experience of Jewish Europeans in this period.

Author: John Edwards
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Published: 02/28/2013
Pages: 176
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.54lbs
Size: 8.52h x 5.43w x 0.55d
ISBN: 9780719035098

About the Author

John Edwards is Faculty Fellow in Spanish at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, Queen's College, Oxford

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