Jewish Culture and Society in Medieval France and Germany

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Ashgate, 2014 - History - 330 pages
These studies explore the history of the Jewish minority of Ashkenaz (northern France and the German Empire) during the High Middle Ages. A number of studies in the collection focus on Jewish-Christian cultural and social interactions, the foundations of the community ascribed to Charlemagne, and especially on the fashioning of a martyrological collective identity in 1096. The remainder of the studies delve into the lives and writings of a group of Jewish ascetic pietists, Hasidei Ashkenaz, which shaped the religious culture of most European Jews before modernity.

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Ivan G Marcus is Frederick P. Rose Professor of Jewish History, Yale University, USA.

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