Jewish Women in Europe in the Middle Ages: A quiet revolution

Jewish Women in Europe in the Middle Ages: A quiet revolution

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Goldin’s study explores the relationships between men and women within Jewish society living in Germany, northern France and England among the Christian population over a period of some 350 years. Looking at original Hebrew sources to conduct a social analysis, he takes us from the middle of the tenth century until the middle of the second half of the fourteenth century, when the Christian population had expelled the Jews from almost all of the places they were living. Particularly fascinating are the attitudes towards women, as well as their changes in social status. By examining the factors involved in these issues, including views of the leadership, economic influences, internal power politics and gender struggles, Goldin's book provides a greater understanding of the functioning of these communities. This volume will be of great interest to historians of medieval Europe, gender and religion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526148278
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 01/03/2020
Series: Gender in History
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Simha Goldin is Senior Lecturer in Jewish History at Tel Aviv University, Israel.
Penny Summerfield is Professor of Modern History at the University of Manchester Penny Summerfield is Professor of Women's History at Manchester University
Lynn Abrams is Professor of Gender History at the University of Glasgow

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Introduction 2. Heroines by choice or by chance: martyrs, converts, and anusot (forced converts) 3. Four differing paradigms of male attitudes to women 4. Women and the family unit 5. Marital relations, power and social standing 6. Women and the Mitzvot 7. Cases of some prominent Jewish women Conclusion Translated samples of the original source material Sources Glossary of Hebrew terms Glossary of Talmudic scholars Index

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