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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Between the years AD 1000 and 1500, western Christendom absorbed by conquest
and attracted through immigration a growing number of Jews. This community was
to make a valuable contribution to rapidly developing European civilisation but
was also to suffer some terrible setbacks, culminating in a series of
expulsions from the more advanced westerly areas of Europe. At the same time,
vigorous new branches of world Jewry emerged and a rich new Jewish cultural
legacy was created. In this important new historical synthesis, Robert Chazan
discusses the Jewish experience over a 500 year period across the entire
continent of Europe. As well as being the story of medieval Jewry, the book
simultaneously illuminates important aspects of majority life in Europe during
this period. This book is essential reading for all students of medieval Jewish
history and an important reference for any scholar of medieval Europe.