Communities of Violence: Persecution of Minorities in the Middle Ages / Edition 1

Communities of Violence: Persecution of Minorities in the Middle Ages / Edition 1

by David Nirenberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 069105889X

ISBN-13: 9780691058894

Pub. Date: 01/26/1998

Publisher: Princeton University Press

In the wake of modern genocide, we tend to think of violence against minorities as a sign of intolerance, or, even worse, a prelude to extermination. Violence in the Middle Ages, however, functioned differently, according to David Nirenberg. In this provocative book, he focuses on specific attacks against minorities in fourteenth-century France and the Crown of Aragon…  See more details below

Overview

In the wake of modern genocide, we tend to think of violence against minorities as a sign of intolerance, or, even worse, a prelude to extermination. Violence in the Middle Ages, however, functioned differently, according to David Nirenberg. In this provocative book, he focuses on specific attacks against minorities in fourteenth-century France and the Crown of Aragon (Aragon, Catalonia, and Valencia). He argues that these attacks - ranging from massacres to verbal assaults against Jews, Muslims, lepers, and prostitutes - were often perpetrated not by irrational masses laboring under inherited ideologies and prejudices, but by groups that manipulated and reshaped the available discourses on minorities. Nirenberg shows that their use of violence expressed complex beliefs about topics as diverse as divine history, kingship, sex, money, and disease, and that their actions were frequently contested by competing groups within their own society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691058894
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
01/26/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
814,464
Product dimensions:
6.07(w) x 9.11(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction3
Ch. 1The Historical Background18
Ch. 2France, Source of the Troubles: Shepherds' Crusade and Lepers' Plot (1320, 1321)43
Ch. 3Crusade and Massacre in Aragon (1320)69
Ch. 4Lepers, Jews, Muslims, and Poison in the Crown (1321)93
Ch. 5Sex and Violence between Majority and Minority127
Ch. 6Minorities Confront Each Other: Violence between Muslims and Jews166
Ch. 7The Two Faces of Sacred Violence200
Epilogue: The Black Death and Beyond231
Bibliography of Works Cited251
Index281

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