The Jew in the Medieval Book: English Antisemitisms 1350-1500 by Anthony BaleThe Jew in the Medieval Book: English Antisemitisms 1350-1500 by Anthony Bale

The Jew in the Medieval Book: English Antisemitisms 1350-1500

byAnthony Bale

Paperback | April 1, 2010

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This interdisciplinary study explores images of Jews and Judaism in late medieval English literature and culture. Using four main categories - history, miracle, cult and Passion - Anthony Bale demonstrates how varied and changing ideas of Judaism coexisted within well-known anti-semitic literary and visual models, depending on context, authorship and audience. He examines the ways in which English writers, artists and readers used and abused the Jewish image in the period following the Jews' expulsion from England in 1290. The texts are analysed in their manuscript and print contexts in order to show local responses and changing meanings. This important work opens up fresh texts, sources and approaches for understanding medieval anti-semitism and shows how anti-semitic stereotypes came to be such potent images which would endure far beyond the Middle Ages.
Title:The Jew in the Medieval Book: English Antisemitisms 1350-1500Format:PaperbackDimensions:284 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:April 1, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521142032

ISBN - 13:9780521142038

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgement; Conventions; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction; 2. History: time, nationhood and the Jew of Tewkesbury; 3. Miracle: shifting definitions in 'The miracle of the boy singer'; 4. Cult: the resurrections of Robert of Bury; 5. Passion: the Arma Christi in medieval culture; Appendix 1: Versions of 'The miracle of the boy singer'; Appendix 2: John Lydgate, 'Praier to St Robert'; Appendix 3: Vernacular English Arma Christi image-text rolls and codices; Appendix 4: Verses on the Arma Christi; Notes; Bibliographies; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Among the many strengths of this book is the acute attention that Bale pays to every layer of textuality, from the play that words and prose are arranged on the page to the subtle interplay between stock narratives or images and the greater text into which medieval authors fit them." --Nina Caputo, University of Florida: Religious Studies Review