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Beyond the Elite: Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Europe

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postcode: 91904

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 Coordinator Country Israel [IL]
 Total cost 1˙941˙688 €
 EC max contribution 1˙941˙688 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-11-01   to  2021-10-31


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 Project objective

The two fundamental challenges of this project are the integration of medieval Jewries and their histories within the framework of European history without undermining their distinct communal status and the creation of a history of everyday medieval Jewish life that includes those who were not part of the learned elite. The study will focus on the Jewish communities of northern Europe (roughly modern Germany, northern France and England) from 1100-1350. From the mid-thirteenth century these medieval Jewish communities were subject to growing persecution. The approaches proposed to access daily praxis seek to highlight tangible dimensions of religious life rather than the more common study of ideologies to date. This task is complex because the extant sources in Hebrew as well as those in Latin and vernacular were written by the learned elite and will require a broad survey of multiple textual and material sources. Four main strands will be examined and combined: 1. An outline of the strata of Jewish society, better defining the elites and other groups. 2. A study of select communal and familial spaces such as the house, the synagogue, the market place have yet to be examined as social spaces. 3. Ritual and urban rhythms especially the annual cycle, connecting between Jewish and Christian environments. 4. Material culture, as objects were used by Jews and Christians alike. Aspects of material culture, the physical environment and urban rhythms are often described as “neutral” yet will be mined to demonstrate how they exemplified difference while being simultaneously ubiquitous in local cultures. The deterioration of relations between Jews and Christians will provide a gauge for examining change during this period. The final stage of the project will include comparative case studies of other Jewish communities. I expect my findings will inform scholars of medieval culture at large and promote comparative methodologies for studying other minority ethnic groups


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Nureet Dermer
The Jews in the Tax Lists (Taille) of Late 13th Century Paris : The Socio-Economic and Cultural Lives of Jewish Men and Women in Christian Neighborhoods
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2019 Tzafrir Barzilay
“The Investigation of the Jews of Savoy on Suspicion of Poisoning Wells: A Reappraisal.” Chidushim, 21, Pp. 114-143.
published pages: 114-143, ISSN: 2218-8177, DOI:
Chidushim 21 2019-08-05
2018 Elisheva Baumgarten and team members
Spring, 2018 Newsletter
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2019 Ariella Lehmann
Preparations for the Sabbath in Medieval Ashkenaz
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2018 Ido Noy
Love Conquers All: The Erfurt Girdle as a Source for Understanding Medieval Jewish Love and Romance
published pages: 227-246, ISSN: 1871-7993, DOI: 10.1163/18718000-12340088
IMAGES 11/1 2019-08-05
2019 Etelle Kalaora.
“Book Review: Eve Krakowski, Coming of Age in Medieval Egypt.”
published pages: 183-191, ISSN: 2218-8177, DOI:
Chidushim 21 2019-08-05
2019 Ido Noy
Ido Noy. 2019. “The Crown of Mrs. Zemah, Daughter of Rabbi Aaron: Conceptions of Royalty, Status, and Chastity among Ashkenazi Brides during the Middle Ages.”
published pages: 84-113, ISSN: 2218-8177, DOI:
Chidushim 21 2019-08-05
2017 Eyal Levinson
Youth and Masculinities in Medieval Ashkenaz
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2018 Elisheva Baumgarten
\"“Reflections of Everyday Jewish Life: Evidence from Medieval Cemeteries, \"\"\"
published pages: 95-104, ISSN: , DOI:
48 2019-08-05
2019 Neta Bodner, Ariella Lehmann
\"“\"\"So that a Person Sees Himself as if he was Created that Very Same Hour\"\": On the Ritual Immersion of Men, Utensils, and the General Public in Medieval German Mikvehs.” \"
published pages: 47-83, ISSN: 2218-8177, DOI:
Chidushim 21 2019-08-05
2019 Aviya Doron
“Book Review: Julie L. Mell, The Myth of the Medieval Jewish Moneylender.” Chidushim, 21, Pp. 144-153.
published pages: 144-153, ISSN: 2218-8177, DOI:
Chidushim 21 2019-08-05
2018 Elisheva Baumgarten
\"\"\"Four mothers in three stories from medieval Northern France\"\"\"
published pages: 70-77, ISSN: 0333-7219, DOI:
Zmanim 139 2019-08-05
2019 Nureet Dermer.
“Book Review: Ephraim Shoham-Steiner, ed. Intricate Interfaith Networks in the Middle Ages: Quotidian Jewish-Christian Contacts.”
published pages: 154-162, ISSN: 2218-8177, DOI:
Chidushim 21 2019-08-05
2018 Elisheva Baumgarten and team members
Fall, 2018 Newsletter
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2018 Ido Noy
Medieval Ashkenazi Wedding Jewelry and Love Tokens: Christian Material Culture in Jewish Context
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2019 Adi Namia-Cohen
2019. “Book Review: Tali Miriam Brener, In Their Own Way: Children and Childhood in Early Modern Ashkenaz.” Chidushim, 21, Pp. 175-182.
published pages: 175-182, ISSN: 2218-8177, DOI:
Chidushim 21 2019-08-05
2019 Miri Fenton
“Book Review: Javier Castaño, Talya Fishman, and Ephraim Kanarfogel, eds. Regional Identities and Cultures of Medieval Jews.”
published pages: 163-174., ISSN: 2218-8177, DOI:
Chidushim, 21 2019-08-05
2019 Eyal Levinson.
\"“\"\"Those Who Grow their Forelocks and Wear the Clothes of a Knight\"\": Young Jewish Men in Medieval Germany, between Rabbinical Masculinity and Chivalric Masculinity.”\"
published pages: 14-46, ISSN: 2218-8177, DOI:
Chidushim 21 2019-08-05
2017 Neta B. Bodner
Why are there Two Medieval Copies of the Holy Sepulcher in Pisa? A Comparative Analysis of San Sepolcro and the Baptistery
published pages: 103-124, ISSN: 0083-5897, DOI: 10.1484/j.viator.5.116350
Viator 48/3 2019-08-05
2019 Elisheva Baumgarten
“Investigating Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Europe,”
published pages: 5-13, ISSN: 2218-8177, DOI:
Chidushim 21 2019-08-05
2016 Eyal Levinson
The Sages on the ׳Unlearned׳: On Social Constructions, Social Stratification, and Special Privileges
published pages: 102-144, ISSN: , DOI:
Bifrat U\'bikhlal 2 2019-06-18
2016 Tzafrir Barzilay
Early Accusations of Well Poisoning against Jews: Medieval Reality or Historiographical Fiction?
published pages: 517-539, ISSN: 1380-7854, DOI: 10.1163/15700674-12342236
Medieval Encounters 22/5 2019-06-18
2016 Ido Noy
The Fleuron Crown from Neumarkt in Silesia (Środa Ślᶏska): Christian Material Culture in a Jewish Context
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Ars Judaica 12 2019-06-18
2018 Tzafrir Barzilay
Retelling the Crusaders’ Defeat in Hungary: Cultural Contact between Jewish and Christian Chroniclers
published pages: 1-24, ISSN: 0334-701X, DOI: 10.1007/s10835-018-9288-2
Jewish History 2019-06-18
2018 Elisheva Baumgarten
‘Like Adam and Eve’: Biblical Models and Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Christian Europe
published pages: 44-61, ISSN: 0021-1400, DOI: 10.1177/0021140017742802
Irish Theological Quarterly 83/1 2019-06-18
2019 Elisheva Baumgarten
Journal Fascicle of Chidushim, Studies in the History of German and Central European Jewry
published pages: 1-212, ISSN: 2218-8177, DOI:
Chidushim 21 2019-08-05
2016 Ido Noy
\"\"\"The Fleuron Crown from Neumarkt in Silesia (Åšroda ÅšlÄ…ska): Christian Material Culture in Jewish Context,\"\"\"
published pages: 23-38., ISSN: 2516-4252, DOI:
Ars Judaica 12 2019-08-05

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