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A Jewish Renaissance in Fifteenth-Century Spain

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Zusatztext "This more than authoritative book might not bequeath all the right answers! but it most certainly asks all the right questions." ---David Marx! davidmarx.co.uk Informationen zum Autor Mark D. Meyerson is Associate Professor in the Department of History and Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. He is the author of The Muslims of Valencia in the Age of Fernando and Isabel. Klappentext This book significantly revises the conventional view that the Jewish experience in medieval Spain--over the century before the expulsion of 1492--was one of despair, persecution, and decline. Focusing on the town of Morvedre in the kingdom of Valencia, Mark Meyerson shows how and why Morvedre's Jewish community revived and flourished in the wake of the horrible violence of 1391. Drawing on a wide array of archival documentation, including Spanish Inquisition records, he argues that Morvedre saw a Jewish "renaissance." Meyerson shows how the favorable policies of kings and of town government yielded the Jewish community's demographic expansion and prosperity. Of crucial importance were new measures that ceased the oppressive taxation of the Jews and minimized their role as moneylenders. The results included a reversal of the credit relationship between Jews and Christians, a marked amelioration of Christian attitudes toward Jews, and greater economic diversification on the part of Jews. Representing a major contribution to debates over the Inquisition's origins and the expulsion of the Jews, the book also offers the first extended analysis of Jewish-converso relations at the local level, showing that Morvedre's Jews expressed their piety by assisting Valencia's conversos. Comparing Valencia with other regions of Spain and with the city-states of Renaissance Italy, it makes clear why this kingdom and the town of Morvedre were so ripe for a Jewish revival in the fifteenth century. Zusammenfassung This book significantly revises the conventional view that the Jewish experience in medieval Spain--over the century before the expulsion of 1492--was one of despair! persecution! and decline. Focusing on the town of Morvedre in the kingdom of Valencia! Mark Meyerson shows how and why Morvedre's Jewish community revived and flourished in the wake of the horrible violence of 1391. Drawing on a wide array of archival documentation! including Spanish Inquisition records! he argues that Morvedre saw a Jewish "renaissance." Meyerson shows how the favorable policies of kings and of town government yielded the Jewish community's demographic expansion and prosperity. Of crucial importance were new measures that ceased the oppressive taxation of the Jews and minimized their role as moneylenders. The results included a reversal of the credit relationship between Jews and Christians! a marked amelioration of Christian attitudes toward Jews! and greater economic diversification on the part of Jews. Representing a major contribution to debates over the Inquisition's origins and the expulsion of the Jews! the book also offers the first extended analysis of Jewish-converso relations at the local level! showing that Morvedre's Jews expressed their piety by assisting Valencia's conversos. Comparing Valencia with other regions of Spain and with the city-states of Renaissance Italy! it makes clear why this kingdom and the town of Morvedre were so ripe for a Jewish revival in the fifteenth century. Inhaltsverzeichnis Figures and Maps ix Acknowledgments xi Note on Names and Money xiii Abbreviations xv Introduction 1 Chapter One On the Edge of Desolation 22 Chapter Two Revival in the Shadow of Valencia 65 Chapter Three Wine! Money!and Mobility 109 Chapter Four Jews and Muslims 143 Chapter Five The Politics of Plenty 157 Chapter Six Converts and Kinsfolk 184 Chapter Seven Chill Wind from Cas...

"This more than authoritative book might not bequeath all the right answers, but it most certainly asks all the right questions."---David Marx, davidmarx.co.uk

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Mark D. Meyerson is Associate Professor in the Department of History and Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. He is the author of The Muslims of Valencia in the Age of Fernando and Isabel.

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This book significantly revises the conventional view that the Jewish experience in medieval Spain--over the century before the expulsion of 1492--was one of despair, persecution, and decline. Focusing on the town of Morvedre in the kingdom of Valencia, Mark Meyerson shows how and why Morvedre's Jewish community revived and flourished in the wake of the horrible violence of 1391. Drawing on a wide array of archival documentation, including Spanish Inquisition records, he argues that Morvedre saw a Jewish "renaissance."

Meyerson shows how the favorable policies of kings and of town government yielded the Jewish community's demographic expansion and prosperity. Of crucial importance were new measures that ceased the oppressive taxation of the Jews and minimized their role as moneylenders. The results included a reversal of the credit relationship between Jews and Christians, a marked amelioration of Christian attitudes toward Jews, and greater economic diversification on the part of Jews.

Representing a major contribution to debates over the Inquisition's origins and the expulsion of the Jews, the book also offers the first extended analysis of Jewish-converso relations at the local level, showing that Morvedre's Jews expressed their piety by assisting Valencia's conversos. Comparing Valencia with other regions of Spain and with the city-states of Renaissance Italy, it makes clear why this kingdom and the town of Morvedre were so ripe for a Jewish revival in the fifteenth century.



Contenu

Figures and Maps ix Acknowledgments xi Note on Names and Money xiii Abbreviations xv Introduction 1 Chapter One On the Edge of Desolation 22 Chapter Two Revival in the Shadow of Valencia 65 Chapter Three Wine, Money,and Mobility 109 Chapter Four Jews and Muslims 143 Chapter Five The Politics of Plenty 157 Chapter Six Converts and Kinsfolk 184 Chapter Seven Chill Wind from Castile 225 Concluding Remarks 240 Glossary 247 Bibliography 249 Index 263

Informations sur le produit

Titre: A Jewish Renaissance in Fifteenth-Century Spain
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Code EAN: 9780691146591
ISBN: 0691146594
Format: Couverture cartonnée
nombre de pages: 294
Poids: 450g
Taille: H234mm x B156mm x T15mm
Année: 2010