Author: Hannah Teddy Schachter

The Disputation of Mallorca (1286): A Case Study in the Medieval Culture of Disputation

By Alex J. Novikoff Ever since Christianity parted ways from Judaism, its adherents have felt the need to defend their new faith, often combining advocacy of the new religion with the urge to delegitimize Judaism as an outdated and obsolete vestige of a prior epoch. From this theological impulse was…

Princes and Jews in 15th century-Italy

By Pierre Savy Influential historians such as Cecil Roth, Attilio Milano, and others noted long ago that late medieval Italian princes generally implemented more welcoming and protective policies towards the Jews than oligarchic regimes (“republics”) did–an attitude that may appear counter-intuitive, should one believe through the anachronistic lens of today…
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