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Jüdische Friedhöfe im mitteralterlichen Reich, by Susanne Härtel
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Archaeology.
2019 (English)In: English Historical Review, ISSN 0013-8266, E-ISSN 1477-4534, Vol. 134, no 570, p. 1270-1271Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

This book by Susanne Härtel is not a comprehensive survey of all 150 medieval Jewish graveyards in the Holy Roman Empire, although the title may create such expectations in the reader. Instead, it is an in-depth study of the complex relationships between the Jewish minorities and the Christian majorities in five German-speaking cities—Magdeburg, Dortmund, Speyer, Regensburg and Zürich. The investigation is a methodological ‘experiment’, based on five different aspects of the graveyards in these cities, namely their location, spatial demarcation, the dead themselves, the gravestones and the visitors. These aspects are in turn analysed from three phenomenological perspectives: visuality, practice and semantics. Through this grid of fifteen viewpoints, Härtel discusses religious differences and similarities between Jews and Christians, and to what extent the religious categories were more important than other distinctions in medieval urban culture, such as gender, professions and social status. By using cemeteries as a starting point, the author aims to study the everyday encounters between Jews and Christians, instead of the more well-known outbreaks of prosecution and expulsion of Jews from medieval cities.

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2019. Vol. 134, no 570, p. 1270-1271
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Jewish graveyards, Holy Roman Empire, Middle Ages, relation between Jews and Christians
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-178832DOI: 10.1093/ehr/cez229OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-178832DiVA, id: diva2:1391857
Available from: 2020-02-05 Created: 2020-02-05 Last updated: 2020-02-14Bibliographically approved

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