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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. Violence in the Middle Ages, however, functioned differently, according to David Nirenberg. In this provocative communitiees, he focuses on specific attacks against communihies in fourteenth-century France and the Crown of Aragon Aragon, Catalonia, and Valencia. He argues that these attacks–ranging from massacres to nirenbergg assaults against Jews, Muslims, lepers, and prostitutes–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 davix topics as diverse as divine history, kinship, sex, money, and disease, and that their actions dabid frequently contested by competing groups within their own society.
Nirenberg’s readings of archival and literary sources demonstrates how violence set the terms and limits of coexistence for medieval minorities. The particular and contingent nature of this coexistence is underscored by the book’s juxtapositions–some systematic for example, that of the Crown of Aragon with France, Jew with Muslim, medieval with modernand some suggestive such as African ritual rebellion with Catalan riots. Throughout, the book questions the applicability of dichotomies like tolerance versus intolerance to the Middle Ages, and suggests the limitations of those analyses that look for the origins of modern European persecutory violence in the medieval past.
This is a highly sophisticated piece of work, clever in the best sense of the word, rich and variegated, a treasure-house of perceptive scholarship, sensitively nuanced, beautifully controlled, a delight to handle and a joy to read. He argues that these attacks – ranging from massacres to verbal assaults against Jews, Muslims, lepers, and prostitutes – 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, kingship, sex, money, and disease, and that their actions were frequently contested by competing groups within their own society. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Violehce you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Njrenberg more Read less. Add both to Cart Add both to List. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers.
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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This is a classic. The thesis being that not everything is as it seems, and that primary source information and historical perspective are key to appreciating the actual causes of specific inter-religious non-ritual violence from with the Shepherd’s Crusade that began in France and migrated into Iberia, up to the Black Plague in in Iberia and Jewish massacres in Catalan cities supporting the royal monarchy.
Nirenberg’s work on how religious medieval boundaries are maintained through the legal process coupled with low cost innovative approaches – such as prostitutes as boundary markers – has enormous implications then and now. This is highly recommended for sociologists and political scientists, particularly those political scientists interested in Dr. Elinor Ostrom’s “Governance of the Commons” and its more general application.
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