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The Jews in Medieval Normandy A Social and Intellectual History

by Norman (University of Chicago) Golb

The Jews in Medieval Normandy A Social and Intellectual History Synopsis

This 1998 book is a comprehensive account of the high Hebraic culture developed by the Jews in Normandy during the Middle Ages, and in particular during the Anglo-Norman period. This culture has remained virtually unknown to the public and to the scholarly world throughout modern times, until a combination of recent manuscript discoveries and archaeological findings delineated this phenomenon for the first time. The book explores the origins of this remarkable community, beginning with topographical evidence pointing to the arrival of the Jews in Normandy as early as Roman and Gallo-Roman times, through autograph documentary testimony available in the Cairo Genizah manuscripts and early medieval Latin sources, finally using the rich manuscript evidence of twelfth- and early thirteenth-century writers which attest to the high cultural level attained by this community and to its social and political interaction with the Christian world of Anglo-Norman times and their aftermath.

The Jews in Medieval Normandy A Social and Intellectual History Press Reviews

Review of the hardback: ' ... superbly documented, impressively detailed, passionately argued and beautifully written, I cannot recommend this marvellous work too highly.' New Humanist Golb's massive study, the first exhaustive account of the Hebraic culture of the Jews of medieval Normandy, especially during Anglo-Norman times, will be a welcome addition to studies of Jewish life and culture during the Middle Ages. Choice Don't be put off by the scholarly tone of this work. Although it is a `social and intellectual history', it will have relevance to many readers. ...this work is a fascinating reading of materials hitherto unknown. Sybil Kaplan, National Jewish Post & Opinion Golb's new study presents a rich and variegated history of the Jews of medieval Normandy and England that will revlutionize our understanding of Ashkenazi Jewry. Steven Bowman, Religious Studies Review One the whole, medievalists in general, not only specialists in Jewish history, will find in The Jews in Medieval Normandy a well-documented, fascinating regional history. Golb skillfully presents the intricate scenario of medieval Jewish life in all its nuances, with demographics, society, politics, law, and learning woven together in a harmonious way. Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies

Book Information

ISBN: 9781107406872
Publication date: 30th August 2012
Author: Norman (University of Chicago) Golb
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 654 pages
Categories: European history, Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500,

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