Anti-Jewish Rhetoric in Guibert of Nogent’s Dei Gesta Per Francos

Lapina, Elizabeth (2009) Anti-Jewish Rhetoric in Guibert of Nogent’s Dei Gesta Per Francos. Journal of Medieval History, 35 (3). pp. 239-253. ISSN 0304-4181. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jmedhist.2009.05.002

Abstract

When Guibert of Nogent, a Benedictine monk living in northern France, re-wrote the anonymous Gesta Francorum, an eyewitness chronicle of the First Crusade, he changed more than just the style and the title. One of Guibert's most significant additions to his model was vitriolic anti-Jewish rhetoric. The present article explains some of the reasons why Guibert felt the need to deride the Jews of the Old Testament, particularly the Maccabees, as part of his narrative of the First Crusade. It attempts to demonstrate that Guibert's playing down the achievements of Jewish warriors of the past was inseparable from his aim to present crusading, to quote Jonathan Riley-Smith, in ‘theologically acceptable terms’, as a spiritual enterprise.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Guibert of Nogent, Dei gesta per Francos , First Crusade, Chronicles of the First Crusade, Jewish-Christian relations, Maccabees
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: Zoe Denness
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2012 14:00
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2014 13:25
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/31167 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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