Alienated Minority: The Jews of Medieval Latin Europe

Paperback | August 19, 1998

byKenneth Stow

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This narrative history surveying one thousand years of Jewish life integrates the Jewish experience into the context of the overall culture and society of medieval Europe. It presents a new picture of the interaction between Christians and Jews in this tumultuous era.

Alienated Minority shows us what it meant to be a Jew in Europe in the Middle Ages. The story begins in the fifth century, when autonomous Jewish rule in Palestine came to a close, and when the papacy, led by Gregory the Great, established enduring principles regarding Christian policy toward Jews. Kenneth Stow examines the structures of self-government in the European Jewish community and the centrality of emerging concepts of representation. He studies economic enterprise, especially banking; constructs a clear image of the medieval Jewish family; and portrays in detail the very rich Jewish intellectual life.

Analyzing policies of Church and State in the Middle Ages, Stow argues that a firmly defined legal and constitutional position of the Jewish minority in the earlier period gave way to a legal status created expressly for Jews, who in the later period were seen as inimical to the common good. It was this special status that paved the way for the royal expulsions of Jews that began at the end of the thirteenth century.

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This narrative history surveying one thousand years of Jewish life integrates the Jewish experience into the context of the overall culture and society of medieval Europe. It presents a new picture of the interaction between Christians and Jews in this tumultuous era.Alienated Minority shows us what it meant to be a Jew in Europe in th...

Kenneth Stow has given us an authentic and multidimensional picture of medieval Jewry and its place in European history. He is Professor of Jewish History, University of Haifa.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9.25 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:August 19, 1998Publisher:Harvard

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ISBN - 10:0674015932

ISBN - 13:9780674015937

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1. A Christianizing Society

2. Early Medieval Realities

3. Cultural Beginnings

4. Maturing Culture and Politics

5. The Crusades

6. Hasidei Ashkenaz

7. Exegesis

8. Community

9. Family

10. Economics

11. Instability and Decline

12. Expulsion

Bibliography

Index

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In exemplary fashion, Stow blends Jewish and Christian sources, a meld lamentably lacking in other English-language studies of similar topics.