The Instructive Other Within: Secularized Jews in the Siege of Jerusalem

  • Randy P. Schiff
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


Far from being anti-Semitic, the alliterative Siege of Jerusalem presents secularized Jews whose martial courage and civilian suffering undermine the theological pretensions of a mercenary Roman war machine. Both conqueror and besieged speak to anxieties about the late medieval expansionist energies of English empire.


English Empire Divine Violence Late Medieval Period Roman Army Blood Libel 
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