The Church and the Jews in the XIII Century provides a presentation of scores of papal and conciliar texts, together with translations, notes, and a thorough introduction. This text has served the historian of the popes and the Jews for nearly fifty years as one repository of source materials for the important period 1198-1254. Solomon Grayzel concluded that until the nuances of papal teachings were understood through the insights gained from a continued revelation of new texts, the perception of papal policies toward the Jews would remain incomplete, and inaccurate. Thus he spent years collecting additional material. The format of this volume varies somewhat from that of the first volume; detailed summaries of the Latin texts are given rather than translations.
The period chosen for this study stands between that of the monarchical papacies of the first half of the thirteenth century and the more timid and administratively minded papacies of the Avignonese era. This present study of Jewry policies seeks to reveal in any modest way the degree to which the popes were able to implement it, then this study will be able to claim for itself the merit of having contributed not only to the specific question of policy toward the Jews, but also to the broader problem of the nature and direction of the pontificates of the later thirteenth century as a whole.
the Author -- The Church and the Jews in the XIIIth Century Vol. II 1254-1314
The papal documents analyzed below help complete the collection of papal pronouncements for the thirteenth century I began many years ago. Each document is presented in English paraphrase or summary, followed by the Latin original and notes.
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