- Series: Study in Jewish History
- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Columbia University Press; Second printing edition (February 1, 1972)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0231032986
- ISBN-13: 978-0231032988
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #661,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jewish Princedom in Feudal France, 768-900 (Study in Jewish History) Hardcover – February 1, 1972
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Having said that, the author's speculations about the possibilty of a Jewish princedom in France at that time are truly worth considering. Given the historical context of Moslem expansion, Jewish international and trans-continental trading networks 'the Radanites', the Caliphate at Baghdad as the centre of Jewish life and culture, later joined by the Caliphate at Cordoba, and the similar deveopments in Jewish Spain, to have a powerful Jewish presence in the Pyrenees makes a lot of sense.
It opens up many cans of worms with regard to the Church's real influence in Europe at this time, its inability to trade without Moslem acquiescence through Jewish mediation to name just one.
It ultimately begs the question of whether the Albigensian crusade supposedly directed against some poor pacifist Christian sect wasnt in fact directed to exterminate the Jewish presence in the Pyrenees by a vengeful Church.
Wonderful, absolutely unique book, much food for thought.
"Pepin agreed and the Jews defeated the Moors from within the city. The Jewish kingdom of Septimania (the Midi) was then established in 768, from Nimes to the Spanish frontier, with Narbonne as its capital. The previous governor of the region was the Merovingian, Theuderic IV (Thierry) who had been ousted from power in Neustria and Burgundy by Charles Martel in 737. Theuderic (known to the Moors as Makir Theodoric) was married to Pepin the Short's sister Alda. It was their son, Count Guilhelm de Toulouse, who then acceded to the new throne as the King of Septimania in 768. Guilhelm was not only of Merovingian lineage, BUT WAS A RECOGNIZED POTENTATE OF JUDAH, HOLDING THE DISTINCTION OF ISAAC IN the patriarchy." (also ours)
"Pepin's son, Charles, was the ruler who became known as Charlemagne the Great. As King of the Franks from 771 and Emperor of the West from 800, Charlemagne was pleased to confirm Guilhelm's entitlement to dynastic sovereignty in Septimania. The appointment was also upheld by the Caliph of Baghdad and, reluctantly, by Pope Stephen in Rome.Read more ›
Thank you Dr. Zuckerman.
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