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 (Print); 1873-1279 (Online).
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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.
|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:||11 Jan 2013 10:38|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/31167 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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