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Beautiful death [electronic resource] : Jewish poetry and martyrdom in medieval France / Susan L. Einbinder.

By: Einbinder, Susan L, 1954-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the ancient to the modern world: Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2002Description: 1 online resource (x, 219 p.) : map.ISBN: 9781400825257 (electronic bk.); 1400825253 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Hebrew literature, Medieval -- History and criticism | Martyrdom in literature | Martyrdom -- Judaism | Judaism -- France, Northern -- History -- To 1500 | Jews -- France, Northern -- History -- To 1500 | Jews -- Persecutions -- France, Northern | Litt�erature h�ebra�ique m�edi�evale -- France (Nord) -- Histoire et critique | Martyre dans la litt�erature | Martyre -- Juda�isme | Juda�isme -- France (Nord) -- Histoire -- 425-1789 | Juifs -- Pers�ecutions -- France (Nord) | LITERARY CRITICISM -- Jewish | Gedichten | Hebreeuws | Joden | MartelarenGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Beautiful death.DDC classification: 892.4/0938296 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Introduction: the medieval poetry of Jewish martyrdom -- Faith and fury: medieval Jewish martyrological poetry and resistence to conversion -- "The fire does not burn": the emergence of a martyrological motif -- Burning Jewish books -- Wheels within wheels: literature, history, and methodology -- Une bele qedushah: Troyes 1288 -- Jonathan and his magic book: Paris 1290.
Summary: When Crusader armies on their way to the Holy Land attacked Jewish communities in the Rhine Valley, many Jews chose suicide over death at the hands of Christian mobs. With their defiant deaths, the medieval Jewish martyr was born. With the literary commemoration of the victims, Jewish martyrology followed. Beautiful Death examines the evolution of a long-neglected corpus of Hebrew poetry, the laments reflecting the specific conditions of Jewish life in northern France. The poems offer insight into everyday life and into the ways medieval French Jews responded to persecution.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [189]-209) and index.

Introduction: the medieval poetry of Jewish martyrdom -- Faith and fury: medieval Jewish martyrological poetry and resistence to conversion -- "The fire does not burn": the emergence of a martyrological motif -- Burning Jewish books -- Wheels within wheels: literature, history, and methodology -- Une bele qedushah: Troyes 1288 -- Jonathan and his magic book: Paris 1290.

When Crusader armies on their way to the Holy Land attacked Jewish communities in the Rhine Valley, many Jews chose suicide over death at the hands of Christian mobs. With their defiant deaths, the medieval Jewish martyr was born. With the literary commemoration of the victims, Jewish martyrology followed. Beautiful Death examines the evolution of a long-neglected corpus of Hebrew poetry, the laments reflecting the specific conditions of Jewish life in northern France. The poems offer insight into everyday life and into the ways medieval French Jews responded to persecution.

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