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Designed to introduce students to the everyday lives of the Jews who lived in the German Empire, northern France, and England from the 11th to the mid-14th centuries, the volume consists of translations of primary sources written by or about medieval Jews. Each source is accompanied by an introduction that provides historical context. Through the sources, students can become familiar with the spaces that Jews frequented, their daily practices and rituals, and their thinking. The subject matter ranges from culinary preferences and even details of sexual lives, to garments, objects, and communal buildings. The documents testify to how Jews enacted their Sabbath and holidays, celebrated their weddings, births and other lifecycle events, and mourned their dead. Some of the sources focus on the relationships they had with their Christian neighbors, the local authorities, and the Church, while others shed light on their economic activities and professions.
Medieval Institute Publications
social history, medieval Jews, medieval Judaism, northern Europe, social history
Cultural History | European History | History | History of Religion | Jewish Studies | Medieval History | Social History
Citation for Published Book
Barzilay, Tzafrir, Eyal Levinson, and Elisheva Baumgarten, eds. Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Northern Europe , 1080–1350. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publication, 2022.