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Reconstructing Ashkenaz: The Human Face of Franco-German Jewry, 1000-1250

David Malkiel


This book shows that, contrary to traditional accounts, the Jews of Western Europe in the High Middle Ages were not a society of saints and martyrs, and offers revisions of commonly held interpretations of Jewish martyrdom in the First Crusade massacres, the level of obedience to rabbinic authority, and relations with apostates and with Christians. In the process, it also reexamines and radically revises the view that Ashkenazic Jewry was more pious than its Sephardic counterpart.

Keywords: Ashkenaz, Jews, High Middle Ages, Jewish martyrdom, First Crusade, rabbinic authority, apostates, Christians, Ashkenazic Jewry, Franco-German Jewry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780804759502
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804759502.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Malkiel, author