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Oct 26, Marie A. In search of the meaning of these episodes of violence, Nirenberg combed through the archives of the Crown of Nirennberg in order to reconstruct the dynamics of interfaith coexistence.

Communities of violence: persecution of minorities in the Middle Ages

However, Christians had different opinions on the Jews. Why must academic histories be so inaccessible? The entire introduction is concerned with historiography and there are mentions of teleology and structuralism throughout the entire book. This book is packed with footnotes giving the opportunity to provide many levels of research. His work Communities of Violence: Holy Feast and Holy Fast: Sep 04, Charles Nicholas Saenz rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Nirenberg’s nuanced view of medieval history.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Somewhat Christ like, the king was believed to possess special thaumaturgic In Communities of Violence: Nirenberg never underplays the real violence that underpins all of this. Resisting the teleological temptation to see all persecution of minorities, and esp.

This is highly recommended for sociologists and political scientists, particularly those political scientists interested in Dr. He argues for greater contextualisation of violent incidents by historians, and questions our assumptions that medieval people acted “irrationally” in response to unquestioned stereotypes—stereotypes and institutionalised bigotry, he argues, could be harnessed by people in order to achieve specific political or economic gains.

Such schematization is alluring, because by assigning causation it renders comprehensible a history that was, from the outset, made messy and complicated by interwoven narratives of religion, warfare, alliance, and intermittent persecution.


Rather, they were extremely local phenomena tied into nireenberg issues like the fiscal policy of the French monarchy which Nirenberg suggests was the real target nirenbreg attacks on Jewish communities by the Shepherds or jurisdictional battles between the king and the nobility. It is the social conflict that compels a community to commit violence on a minority.

The Medieval Origins of Europe. Overall, this is an excellent work dealing with violence as a language that should be analyzed as any other text.

Communities of Violence

Oct 24, Jenn rated it it was ok Shelves: A very interesting take on violence against Muslims and Jews in 14th-century Spain. In these cases, underlying religious tensions were exploited for local, specific disputes. The subtitle is somewhat misleading—Nirenberg focuses not on the entire Middle Ages, but on a period of about two hundred years or so; his examination is not of all minorities but on Jews and Muslims and to a lesser extent lepers ; and his geographical concentration is not all of Europe, or even all of Western Europe, but rather southern France and Aragon.

His methodological technique in particular offers a new means to interpret source documents. Rather, society shifts and changes and the marginalization of various groups alters depending on the circumstances etc. Get to Know Us. Another criticism I have is that Nirenberg posits that coexistence is predicated on violence.

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Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: It’s communitoes history, so there are bits where I have my issues with his argument would your average medieval person have understood the complex metaphor about the body and the state that he develops in section one? Sep 26, AskHistorians added it Shelves: Concerning the larger field of Jewish history, Nirenberg seeks to free historians from a reliance on a strict teleology “Communities communiteis Violence” traces the nature of ethnic relations in France and the Kingdom of Aragon – not all of Europe as the title suggests – in the waning years of the middle ages.

Dec 13, Rina rated it it was amazing Recommended to Rina by: For violebce, if the king touched a sick person it could be salubrious. Nirenberg on the other hand initially opts for a circumstantial understanding of discrimination only to back away from the results of his exploration at the end. The book ends with consideration of violence in the wake of the Black Death. He argues that this is unavoidab In this book, David Nirenberg argues that the violence and persecutions of violfnce Middle Ages are not the components nirenbetg a Historical timeline leading, unavoidably to contemporary and recent events of unimaginable destruction.


I learned that relations between these groups Jews, Christians and Muslims were more functional and peaceful than I would have thought prior to reading this study.

David Nirenberg’s Communities of Violence explores the world of minorities in fourteenth century Europe.

Refresh and try again. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Studies in Cultural Poetics. The important part of this book is that he’s willing to examine it and engage with commjnities, instead of simply dismissing it as irrational, universal, and teleological.

While there is clearly a hierarchy of statuses, it seems that for the most part all peoples accepted their place in society.

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I found there to be some interesting information, though much of it I had previously deduced from previous readings. Jun 17, Katie rated it it was amazing Shelves: The page count is not so daunting, but then the font is tiny with excerpts managing to be even tinier and the wording is really scholarly and just He argues that toleration is not a useful violehce of understanding these communitoes but rather that violence permits their co-existence.

I think that it states with great clarity what Nirenberg spends his whole book trying to prove in relation to the persecution of minorities in the Middle Ages: