“Vitam finivit infelicem”: Madness, Conversion, and Adolescent Suicide Among Jews in Late Twelfth-century England

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Abstract

When the words: suicide, religious identity and medieval Jewry are put
together in one sentence, let alone an essay title, medievalists tend almost
immediately to invoke certain images: those of the anti-Jewish riots that
took place in the rhineland in the spring of 1096 or the events of March
1190 in Clifford’s tower, york. these scenes and events will affect our dis-
cussion but they will not be at the center of inquiry. rather than look at
those who supposedly died a heroic martyr’s death, this article focuses
on those individuals that harbored religious doubt and considered con-
version.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJews in Medieval Christendom
Subtitle of host publicationSlay Them Not
EditorsKristine T. Utterback, Merrall Llewelyn Price
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherBrill
Pages71-90
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9789004250444
ISBN (Print)9789004250437
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2013

Publication series

Name Études sur le judaïsme médiéval
Volume60

Keywords

  • Conversion -- History ; Jews -- Great Britain -- History -- Middle Ages, 500-1500 ; Jews -- History -- Middle Ages, 500-1500 ; Meir ben Baruch, of Rothenburg, approximately 1215-1293 ; Suicide -- Religious aspects -- Judaism

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