Jews and Christians in 12th Century Europe

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Fifteen papers from a conference held at the University of Notre Dame in 1996 which explore the tensions that characterised the relationship between Jews and Christians across Europe during the 12th century. The movement of Jews into Slavic territories and into Anglo-Norman England also led to the creation of their own global language. Subjects include the Jewish Renaissance of the 12th century, changing perceptions of the Christian-Jewish conflict, conversion, expulsions, Christian and Jewish religious and secular texts, Jews in France and England.
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Introduction: Jews and Christians Together in the Twelfth Century 1
1 A 1096 Complex? Constructing the First Crusade in Jewish Historical Memory, Medieval and Modern 9
2 The Dynamics of Jewish Renaissance and Renewal in the Twelfth Century 27
3 From the First Crusade to the Second: Evolving Perceptions of the Christian-Jewish Conflict 46
4 The Discovery of the Self: Jews and Conversion in the Twelfth Century 63
5 Adolescence and Conversion in the Middle Ages: A Research Agenda 77
6 The Expulsion of the Jews as History and Allegory in Painting and Sculpture of the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries 94
7 Put in No-Man's-Land: Guibert of Nogent's Accusations against a Judaizing and Jew-Supporting Christian 110
8 God's Love for Israel: Apologetic and Hermeneutical Strategies in Twelfth-Century Biblical Exegesis 123
9 Ralph of Flaix: The Book of Leviticus Interpreted as Christian Community 150
10 Martyrdom, Eroticism, and Asceticism in Twelfth-Century Ashkenazi Piety 171
11 Signs of Romance: Hebrew Prose and the Twelfth-Century Renaissance 221
12 Anti-Jewish Attitudes in Twelfth-Century French Literature 234
13 Baptised Jews in German Lands during the Twelfth Century 255
14 From the Rue aux Juifs to the Chemin du Roy: The Classical Age of French Jewry, 1108-1223 311
15 Jews and Christian in Twelfth-Century England: Some Dynamics of a Changing Relationship 340
Conclusion 355
Contributors 361
Index 363
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