Communities of violence : persecution of minorities in the Middle Ages / David Nirenberg.

Nirenberg, David, 1964-
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1996.
viii, 301 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
Minorities -- Crimes against -- Europe -- History.
Persecution -- Europe.
Civilization, Medieval.
Europe -- Race relations.
Europe -- Ethnic relations.
Racism -- Europe -- History.
Violence -- Europe -- History.
Place of Publication:
United States New Jersey Princeton.
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.
Ch. 1. The Historical Background
Ch. 2. France, Source of the Troubles: Shepherds' Crusade and Lepers' Plot (1320, 1321)
Ch. 3. Crusade and Massacre in Aragon (1320)
Ch. 4. Lepers, Jews, Muslims, and Poison in the Crown (1321)
Ch. 5. Sex and Violence between Majority and Minority
Ch. 6. Minorities Confront Each Other: Violence between Muslims and Jews
Ch. 7. The Two Faces of Sacred Violence
Epilogue: The Black Death and Beyond.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [251]-279) and index.
Local notes:
Lea Library copy was presented to the Penn Libraries by Dr. Edward Peters.
Lea Library copy has ms. underlines by Dr. Edward Peters.
Lea Library copy has dustjacket retained.
Lea Library copy has 3 copies of Dr. Edward Peters' review of this book laid in.
Lea Library copy has a copy of the review of this book by Larry J. Simon laid in.
Lea Library copy has a copy of David Nirenberg's resume laid in.
Penn Provenance:
Peters, Edward, 1936- (donor) (Lea copy)
Penn Chronology:
Henry Charles Lea Library (University of Pennsylvania)
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