The Intolerant Middle Ages: A Reader

Edited by Eugene Smelyansky

© 2020

The Intolerant Middle Ages is a collection of primary sources on the history of persecution. The goal of the book is to highlight instances of persecution and violence, as well as those relatively rare but significant episodes of toleration, toward an intentionally broad spectrum of people who existed at the margins of medieval society: heretics, Jews and Muslims, the poor, the displaced and disabled, women, and those deemed sexually deviant. The volume also presents a more geographically diverse Middle Ages by including sources from Central and Eastern Europe as well as the Mediterranean.

Sources are organized in thematic chapters, covering everything from "Heresy and Inquisition" to "Disease and Disability." Each document is preceded by a brief introduction and followed by questions for discussion, making The Intolerant Middle Ages an excellent entrance into the lives and struggles of minorities in the medieval world.

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  • Series: Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 300 pages
  • Illustrations: 12
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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This unique collection of historical documents on intolerance and persecution in medieval Europe and the Mediterranean provides for a more diverse and inclusive vision of the Middle Ages.

The Intolerant Middle Ages: A Reader

Edited by Eugene Smelyansky

© 2020

The Intolerant Middle Ages is a collection of primary sources on the history of persecution. The goal of the book is to highlight instances of persecution and violence, as well as those relatively rare but significant episodes of toleration, toward an intentionally broad spectrum of people who existed at the margins of medieval society: heretics, Jews and Muslims, the poor, the displaced and disabled, women, and those deemed sexually deviant. The volume also presents a more geographically diverse Middle Ages by including sources from Central and Eastern Europe as well as the Mediterranean.

Sources are organized in thematic chapters, covering everything from "Heresy and Inquisition" to "Disease and Disability." Each document is preceded by a brief introduction and followed by questions for discussion, making The Intolerant Middle Ages an excellent entrance into the lives and struggles of minorities in the medieval world.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 300 pages
  • Illustrations: 12
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "The Intolerant Middle Ages will soon become a standard companion for teachers as they introduce students to the presence in medieval Europe of some persistent - and some emergent - prejudices against groups and individuals. The title may puzzle some, but I welcome it, for it will encourage classroom discussion of those aspects of medieval life which were not 'intolerant.’"


    Miri Rubin, Queen Mary University of London
  • Author Information

    Eugene Smelyansky is a postdoctoral teaching fellow in the Roots of Contemporary Issues Global History Program at Washington State University.
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments
    List of Illustrations

    Introduction

    Chapter 1: Precursors and Origins

    1. Christians Accused of Participating in Scandalous Rituals 
    2. The Martyrdom of Saint Perpetua
    3. Emperor Constantine Condemns Arianism
    4. Saint Augustine on the Grounds for Religious Persecution
    5. Christianity Triumphant: The Theodosian Code on Christianity and Paganism

    Chapter 2: Anti-Judaism and Persecution of the Jews

    6. “Slay Them Not”: Saint Augustine on the Jews
    7. Anti-Jewish Legislation from the Visigothic Code
    8. The Massacre in Mainz at the Beginning of the First Crusade
    9. Blood Libel: The Murder of William of Norwich
    10. A Papal Response: Gregory X against the Blood Libel
    11. Jewish Woman in a Christian Miracle Story
    12. King Otakar II Promises Royal Protection to the Jews in Bohemia and Austria
    13. Well-Poisoning Accusations against the Jews
    14. Massacre of the Jews in Strasbourg

    Chapter 3: Heresy and Inquisition

    15. Heresy in the Carolingian Word: Gottschalk of Orbais
    16. Guibert of Nogent and the Heretics of Soissons
    17. Hildegard of Bingen Preaches against Heresy 
    18. A Cathar Origin Story in the Testimony of Arnaud Sicre 
    19. Origins of the Waldensians
    20. Canon of the Fourth Lateran Council Concerning Heresy
    21. Inquisitor Bernard Gui at Work
    22. Heretical Tricks: Inquisitor Nicholas Eymerich on the Art of Interrogation
    23. Individual Resistance: Bernard Clergue 
    24. Cooperation and Resistance: Arnaud Sicre Infiltrates a Heretical Group
    25. Papal Prohibitions against Beguines and Beghards at the Council of Vienne
    26. The Fruits of Clerical Imagination: A Heretical Orgy 
    27. Persecutions of Waldensians in Late Medieval German Cities

    Chapter 4: External Others: Contacts, Intolerance, and the Making of Medieval Europe

    28. Carolingian Conquest of Saxony: Two Perspectives
    29. Gerald of Wales on the Irish
    30. Papal Blessing for Henry II’s Conquest of Ireland
    31. Keeping the Peace after the Conquest: Statutes of the Parliament of Dublin
    32. Medieval Europe Old and New: Otto of Freising Describes Northern Italy and Hungary
    33. Duke of Lithuania on the Teutonic Order

    Chapter 5: Interreligious Violence in the Mediterranean

    34. The Martyrs of Cordoba 
    35. Depictions of Muslims in The Song of Roland
    36. Ibn Jubayr on Sicily under the Christian Rule
    37. Interfaith Coexistence in Crusader Jerusalem  
    38. Coexistence and Exclusion in the Siete Partidas   
    39. Pope Innocent III Forbids the Venetian Merchants to Trade with the Muslims 
    40. Frederick II’s Trade Agreement with Tunisia 
    41. Accusations against the Genoese Merchants in Service of the Mamluk Sultan

    Chapter 6:  People on the Margins of Medieval Society

    42. Agobard of Lyon: On the Baptism of Jewish Slaves
    43. Poverty as Piety: The Rule of Saint Francis  
    44. Critique of the Mendicant Friars: William of St-Amour’s On the Dangers of the Final Days
    45. Medieval Serfdom and Manumission  
    46. Punishments for Impregnating a Female Slave in Genoa  
    47. Discrimination against the Poor in Siena during the Famine of 1329 
    48. Living in Poverty in Florence 
    49. The World Turned Upside Down: Social Anxiety during and after the Plague
    50. Wage Control after the Plague: Ordinance of the Laborers, 1349 
    51. Ordinances against the “Jews, Lepers, and Swine” and the Poor in Late Medieval London  
    52. Christine de Pizan on the Virtues of Toleration

    Chapter 7: Disease and Disability in Medieval Europe

    53. Disability and Charity in Piers Plowman
    54. False Disability on the Streets of London
    55. Rules of the Maison-Dieu in Pontoise
    56. Physician Gilbert the Englishman on the Symptoms of Leprosy
    57. Humbert of Romans Preaches to the Lepers 
    58. Ritual of Exclusion for a Leper
    59. The Leper Plot against Christendom, 1321

    Chapter 8: From the Holy to the Sinful: Attitudes towards Women

    60. A Prostitute Saint: Saint Mary of Egypt
    61. The Trial of Thiota, A False Prophetess
    62. The Life of Christina of Markyate 
    63. Women in the Sicilian Laws of Frederick II
    64. Women and the Ideals of Courtly Love
    65. Religious Life of Margery Kempe 
    66. Marital Problems: An Innkeeper’s Wife Leaves Him 
    67. Bernardino of Siena Preaches on Marriage

    Chapter 9: The Control of Sexuality

    68. Laws of Justinian Concerning Same-Sex Acts and Blasphemy 
    69. A Cross-Dressing Saint: Marina/Marinus
    70. Punishments for Illicit Sexuality from a Medieval Penitential 
    71. Prostitution and Religious Reform in Prague
    72. Illegal Prostitution in London
    73. Confession of a Muslim Prostitute in Valencia
    74. Confession of Arnaud of Verniolle 
    75. The Trial of Katherina Hetzeldorfer 
    76. Testimony of Rolandina Roncaglia
    77. Testimony of Eleanor/John Rykener 

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