A History of the Jews in...

One of the century`s great classics of Jewish historiography. The second volume of Professor Baer`s monumental work tells the tragic story of the dissolution of the great Spanish Jewish community.

A History of the Jews in Christian Spain 2 to rise to the cultural level that restored to the Jewry of Aragon its special place in Jewish history. The numerous documents preserved in the archives make it possible to de-scribe this period more fully than any other in the history of the Jews in the Middle Ages. James II ( 1291– 1327) laid down  a Jewish policy that was followed for about a century. 1  In general, James’ object was to protect the Jews and to confirm their privileges in so far as those privileges were not incompatible with the principles of the Christian Church and State. He safeguarded the eco-nomic and legal privileges of the Jews, aided them in develop-ing their communal institutions, and, like his predecessors and successors, intervened in their internal affairs for both good and ill. In the year 1302, at the request of the aljamas,  the king ordered the hanging of a Jewish informer. 2  No details of the incident are available. It may have been hushed up deliber-ately in view of the nature of the case and of the character of the king. A similar incident occurred in the community of Valencia where, in the course of a protracted controversy, which began in the reign of Alfonso III and ended about 1300, one party to the dispute brought charges of denunciation against the other. The heads of the aljama imprisoned the man as an alleged informer, and held a judicial inquiry in which the judge ( justicia) of Valencia took part. Without consulting the rabbis of Aragon, the Valencian leaders turned to the Jewish scholars of Toledo for a ruling in the case. The latter refused on the ground that the matter did not come within their competence. When, as a last resort, the Valen-cian leaders applied to R. Solomon ibn Adret, he declared that he would express no opinion unless the king ordered him to do so. Instructions to R. Solomon were actually prepared in the royal chancery, but were never sent to their destin-ation. The matter seems to have been dropped intentionally. 3 More detailed data on the criminal jurisdiction enjoyed by the   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x This Scholar PDF version is for use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. Printed editions of this book may be available at www. publishersrow. com

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A HISTORY OF THE JEWS IN CHRISTIAN SPAIN VOL. IITITLE PAGECOPYRIGHT PAGEDEDICATION PAGEFOREWORD TO PART IIFROM THE PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITIONPREFACE TO THE ENGLISH EDITIONCONTENTSAPPENDIXTHE INQUISITION OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND THE CRIMINAL JURISDICTION OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITIESABBREVIATIONSNOTESNOTES TO CHAPTER VIIINOTES TO CHAPTER IXNOTES TO CHAPTER XNOTES TO CHAPTER XINOTES TO CHAPTER XIINOTES TO CHAPTER XIIINOTES TO CHAPTER XIVNOTES TO CHAPTER XVNOTES TO APPENDIXINDEX
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