The Destruction of Jerusalem, or Titus and Vespasian

The Destruction of Jerusalem, or Titus and Vespasian


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The Destruction of Jerusalem, also called Titus and Vespasian, is a fifteenth-century fictionalized version of the historical Roman siege of Jerusalem. Marked by antisemitism, Christian nationalism, and violence, this Middle English poem was nonetheless intriguing to medieval and early modern readers. As the poem weaves together sources both medieval and classical, it transforms first-century Romans into Christian agents of divine vengeance. Here presented in the most comprehensive edition to date, the poem will be of particular interest to scholars and students of Middle English romance, the Crusades, medieval antisemitism, and literary reimaginings of historical events. Further, this new edition expands our understanding of fall of Jerusalem narratives in later medieval England, bringing attention to a long-ignored English retelling of these first-century events that captivated Christian audiences.

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Medieval Institute Publications






Literary studies: classical, early & medieval


Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity | European History


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This title has been made available open access at the Middle English Texts Series (METS) website by permission of the Executive Committee of The Teaching Association for Medieval Studies (TEAMS) and The Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University. The TEAMS Middle English Text Series is published for TEAMS in association with the University of Rochester by Medieval Institute Publications. Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan and is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities; the University of Rochester's Rossell Hope Robbins library, River Campus Libraries, Department of English, and School of Arts and Sciences; and TEAMS.

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McShane, Kara L., and Mark J. B. Wright, eds. The Destruction of Jerusalem, or Titus and Vespasian. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2021.

The Destruction of Jerusalem, or Titus and Vespasian