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Communities of violence : persecution of minorities in the middle ages

Author: David Nirenberg
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : New paperback edition, with a new preface by the authorView all editions and formats
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In the wake of modern genocide, we tend to think of violence against minorities as a sign of intolerance or, even worse, a prelude to extermination. In Communities of Violence, David Nirenberg argues that violence in the Middle Ages functioned differently. In this provocative book, he focuses on specific attacks against minorities in fourteenth-century France and the Crown of Aragon. He argues that these attacks  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Nirenberg
ISBN: 0691165769 9780691165769
OCLC Number: 894625464
Awards: Winner of John Nicholas Brown Prize 2000
Winner of American Historical Association Herbert Baxter Adams Prize 1998
Winner of Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies Best First Book Prize 1998
Winner of Premio Del Rey Prize 1996
Description: xviii, 301 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: The Historical Background --
France, Source of the Troubles: Shepherds' Crusade and Lepers' Plot (1320, 1321) --
Crusade and Massacre in Aragon (1320) --
Lepers, Jews, Muslims, and Poison in the Crown (1321) --
Sex and Violence between Majority and Minority --
Minorities Confront Each Other: Violence between Muslims and Jews --
The Two Faces of Sacred Violence.
Responsibility: David Nirenberg.

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In the wake of modern genocide, we tend to think of violence against minorities as a sign of intolerance or, even worse, a prelude to extermination. In Communities of Violence, David Nirenberg argues that violence in the Middle Ages functioned differently. In this provocative book, he focuses on specific attacks against minorities in fourteenth-century France and the Crown of Aragon. He argues that these attacks were often perpetrated not by irrational masses laboring under inherited ideologies and prejudices, but by groups that manipulated and reshaped the available discourses on minorities. Nirenberg shows that their use of violence expressed complex beliefs about topics as diverse as divine history, kinship, sex, money, and disease, and that their actions were frequently contested by competing groups within their own society. -- from back cover.

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