Contested Treasure: Jews and Authority in the Crown of Aragon by Thomas W. Barton

Contested Treasure: Jews and Authority in the Crown of Aragon

byThomas W. Barton

Paperback | February 4, 2016

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In Contested Treasure, Thomas Barton examines how the Jews in the Crown of Aragon in the twelfth through fourteenth centuries negotiated the overlapping jurisdictions and power relations of local lords and the crown. The thirteenth century was a formative period for the growth of royal bureaucracy and the development of the crown’s legal claims regarding the Jews. While many Jews were under direct royal authority, significant numbers of Jews also lived under nonroyal and seigniorial jurisdiction. Barton argues that royal authority over the Jews (as well as Muslims) was far more modest and contingent on local factors than is usually recognized. Diverse case studies reveal that the monarchy’s Jewish policy emerged slowly, faced considerable resistance, and witnessed limited application within numerous localities under nonroyal control, thus allowing for more highly differentiated local modes of Jewish administration and coexistence. Contested Treasure refines and complicates our portrait of interfaith relations and the limits of royal authority in medieval Spain, and it presents a new approach to the study of ethnoreligious relations and administrative history in medieval European society.

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Thomas W. Barton is Associate Professor of History at the University of San Diego. Thomas W. Barton is Associate Professor of History at the University of San Diego.

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Title:Contested Treasure: Jews and Authority in the Crown of AragonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9.98 × 5.95 × 0.67 inPublished:February 4, 2016Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1 Foundations and Withdrawal

2 Royal Administrative Change and the Emergence of a Jewish Policy

3 Seigniorial Administration and Micro-convivencia

4 Royal Administrative Advances

5 Administrative Strategies and the Royal Takeover

6 Seigniorial Jurisdiction and the Transition to Royal Governance

Epilogue: Contested Treasure in Broader Context

Notes

References

Index

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“The publication of Thomas Barton’s monograph on the contested jurisdiction over Jews in the Catalan town of Tortosa is a momentous historiographic event.”

—Maya Soifer Irish, American Academy of Research Historians of Medieval Spain