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Apostasy and Jewish identity in high Middle Ages Northern Europe'Are you still my brother?'$
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Goldin Simha

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719095771

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719095771.001.0001

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Forced conversion during the First Crusade

Forced conversion during the First Crusade

(p.22) 2 Forced conversion during the First Crusade
Apostasy and Jewish identity in high Middle Ages Northern Europe

Simha Goldin

Jonathan Chipman

Manchester University Press

This chapter will describe the attitude to converts to Christianity during the First Crusade when conversion was forced on the Jews by the Crusaders and when the threat of death was very real should they not succumb to the demand. Some Jews managed to flee, others were converted forcibly while some died as martyrs and others put themselves and their children to death in order not to be forcibly converted. The attitude now became that of seeing all converts as having been forcibly converted though it was still not clear how one reconciles the desire that many had to accept the forced convert back into the faith with the normative ideal expressed by the action of the martyrs.

Keywords:   Judaism, Forced conversion, First crusade, Martyrs, converts

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