Synopses & Reviews
This is the first comprehensive account, based on manuscript and archaeological evidence, of the high Hebraic culture developed by the Jews in Normandy during the Middle Ages, and in particular during the Anglo-Norman period. The book explores the origins of this remarkable community, beginning with topographical evidence pointing to the arrival of the Jews in Normandy as early as Roman and Gallo-Roman times, and finally uses the rich manuscript evidence of twelfth- and early thirteenth-century writers. The text is illustrated copiously with maps and other illustrations, many reproduced here for the first time.
The first comprehensive account of the Jews in Normandy during the middle ages.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 577-600) and indexes.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. The earliest sources; 2. Extent and antiquity of Jewish settlement in Normandy; 3. From Robert of Normandy until the First Crusade; 4. The Jewish quarter of Rouen in the twelfth century; 5. School and community in the reign of Henry I and Angevin times; 6. Masters of the law in the mid-twelfth century; 7. Abraham Ibn Ezra and his literary activities in Normandy; 8. Disciples of the masters: Rouennaise scholars during the reign of Henry II Plantagenet; 9. The civil status of the Jews from Henry II to John Lackland; 10. The Tosafists; 11. From the last years of Philip Augustus to the reign of Louis IX; 12. The final decades; Appendices; Bibliography.