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Gentile tales : the narrative assault on late medieval Jews

Author: Miri Rubin
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book tells of the creation and growth of one of the principal anti-Jewish stories of the Middle Ages and the violence that it bred. Beginning in Paris in the year 1290, Jews were accused of abusing Christ by desecrating the eucharist - the manifestation of Christ's body in the communion service. Over the next two centuries this became an authoritative, awe-inspiring tale that spread throughout Europe and led to
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Miri Rubin
ISBN: 0300076126 9780300076127
OCLC Number: 40267330
Description: xiii, 266 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
From Jewish boy to bleeding host --
Patterns of accusation --
Persons and places --
Making the narrative work --
Violence and the trails of memory.
Responsibility: Miri Rubin.

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This book tells of the creation and growth of one of the principal anti-Jewish stories of the Middle Ages and the violence that it bred. Beginning in Paris in the year 1290, Jews were accused of abusing Christ by desecrating the eucharist - the manifestation of Christ's body in the communion service. Over the next two centuries this became an authoritative, awe-inspiring tale that spread throughout Europe and led to violent antisemitic activity in areas from Catalonia to Bohemia - particularly in some German-speaking regions, where at times it produced region-wide massacres and 'cleansings'.

In exploring the character, nature, development and eventual decay of this fantasy of host desecration, Rubin presents a vivid picture of the mental world of late medieval Europe and of the culture of anti-semitism.

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