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The Myth of the Medieval Jewish Moneylender

Volume II


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Some Explorations: Ashkenaz and Beyond

  3. Back Matter
    Pages 199-264

About this book


This book challenges a common historical narrative, which portrays medieval Jews as moneylenders who filled an essential economic role in Europe.  Where Volume I traced the development of the narrative in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and refuted it with an in-depth study of English Jewry, Volume II explores the significance of dissolving the Jewish narrative for European history.  It extends the study from England to northern France, the Mediterranean, and central Europe and deploys the methodologies of legal, cultural, and religious history alongside economic history.  Each chapter offers a novel interpretation of key topics, such as the Christian usury campaign, the commercial revolution, and gift economy / profit economy, to demonstrate how the revision of Jewish history leads to new insights in European history.  


money lending Jewish-Christian relations commercial revolution usury medieval history

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.North Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA

About the authors

Julie L. Mell is Associate Professor of History at North Carolina State University, USA where she teaches courses in medieval history and Jewish history. She has published in Jewish Historical Studies, Jewish History, and the Wiener Jahrbuch für Jüdische Geschichte Kultur und Museumswesen, and received fellowships from the Yad HaNadiv, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, and the American Association of University Women.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Myth of the Medieval Jewish Moneylender
  • Book Subtitle Volume II
  • Authors Julie L. Mell
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Cultural and Intellectual History
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in Cultural and Intellectual History
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-34185-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-81696-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-34186-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 264
  • Number of Illustrations 20 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Medieval Europe
    Labor History
    Social History
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“This book is a seriously adept piece of scholarship which I suspect (and hope) will become an instant classic for students of medieval Jews in general and of medieval Anglo-Jewry specifically.” (Towards a Bibliography of Medieval Anglo-Jewry,, January, 2017)