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The Accommodated Jew
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The Accommodated Jew: English Antisemitism from Bede to Milton

Kathy Lavezzo

Abstract

England during the Middle Ages was at the forefront of European antisemitism. It was in medieval Norwich that the notorious “blood libel” was first introduced when a resident accused the city's Jewish leaders of abducting and ritually murdering a local boy. This book rethinks the complex and contradictory relation between England's rejection of “the Jew” and the centrality of Jews to classic English literature. Drawing on literary, historical, and cartographic texts, the book charts an entangled Jewish imaginative presence in English culture. It tracks how English writers from Bede to John Mil ... More

Keywords: gentiles, Middle Ages, England, antisemitism, Bede, John Milton, exile, blood libel, Jews, English literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781501703157
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501703157.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathy Lavezzo, author
University of Iowa