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Jew in the Medieval Book: English Antisemitisms 1350-1500 (Anthony Bale) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2007) 9780521863544
Jew in the Medieval Book: English Antisemitisms 1350-1500 (Anthony Bale) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2007) 9780521863544
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Title: Jew in the Medieval Book: English Antisemitisms 1350-1500

Author: Bale, Anthony

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2007

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521863544

Volumes: 1; Pages: 284

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This interdisciplinary study explores images of Jews and Judaism in late medieval English literature and culture. Using four main categories--history, miracle, cult and Passion--Anthony Bale demonstrates how varied and changing ideas of Judaism coexisted within well-known antisemitic literary and visual models, depending on context, authorship and audience. He examines the ways in which English writers, artists and readers used and abused the Jewish image in the period following the Jews' expulsion from England in 1290. The texts are analysed in their manuscript and print contexts in order to show local responses and changing meanings. This important work opens up new texts, sources and approaches for understanding medieval antisemitism and shows how antisemitic stereotypes came to be such potent images which would endure far beyond the Middle Ages.

Contents

1. Introduction

2. History: time, nationhood and the Jew of Tewkesbury

3. Miracle: shifting definitions in 'The miracle of the boy singer'

4. Cult: the resurrections of Robert of Bury

5. Passion: the Arma Christi in medieval culture

Bibliographies

Appendix 1: Versions of 'The miracle of the boy singer'

Appendix 2: John Lydgate, 'Praier to St Robert'

Appendix 3: Vernacular English Arma Christi image-text rolls and codices

Appendix 4: Verses on the Arma Christi.

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