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The roots of anti-Semitism in Europe

The original blood libel, which materialised after the First Crusade in the 11th century, proved a turning point for Jews, as a wave of religious frenzy swept communities away

22 June 2024

9:00 AM

22 June 2024

9:00 AM

How the West Became Anti-Semitic: Jews and the Formation of Europe, 800-1500 Ivan G. Marcus

Princeton University Press, pp.384, 35

The medieval trope that Jews are inherently bloodthirsty has echoed down the ages. Forms of the blood libel have been disseminated ever since the myth emerged in England in the 12th century with claims that Christian children were being ritually murdered by Jews in re-enactments of the crucifixion of Jesus.

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