Intolerant Middle Ages: A Reader

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Eugene Smelyansky
University of Toronto Press, 2020 - Persecution - 300 pages
"The Intolerant Middle Ages is a collection of primary sources on the history of persecution. The goal of the book is to highlight instances of persecution and violence, as well as those relatively rare but significant episodes of toleration, toward an intentionally broad spectrum of people who existed at the margins of medieval society: heretics, Jews and Muslims, the poor, the displaced and disabled, women, and those deemed sexually deviant. The volume also presents a more geographically diverse Middle Ages by including sources from Central and Eastern Europe as well as the Mediterranean. Sources are organized in thematic chapters, covering everything from "Heresy and Inquisition" to "Disease and Disability." Each document is preceded by a brief introduction and followed by questions for discussion, making The Intolerant Middle Ages an excellent entrance into the lives and struggles of minorities in the medieval world."--
 

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Contents

PRECURSORS AND ORIGINS
1
ANTIJUDAISM AND PERSECUTION OF THE JEWS
19
HERESY AND INQUISITION
55
EXTERNAL OTHERS CONTACTS INTOLERANCE AND THE MAKING OF MEDIEVAL EUROPE
97
INTERRELIGIOUS VIOLENCE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
117
PEOPLE ON THE MARGINS OF MEDIEVAL SOCIETY
149
DISEASE AND DISABILITY IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE
189
FROM THE HOLY TO THE SINFUL ATTITUDES TOWARD WOMEN
211
THE CONTROL OF SEXUALITY
243
SOURCES
273
INDEX OF TOPICS
279
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About the author (2020)

Eugene Smelyansky is a postdoctoral teaching fellow in the Roots of Contemporary Issues Global History Program at Washington State University.

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