Pious and Rebellious: Jewish Women in Medieval Europe (Paperback)
  • Pious and Rebellious: Jewish Women in Medieval Europe (Paperback)

Pious and Rebellious: Jewish Women in Medieval Europe (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 01/06/2004
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This volume, an amazing act of historical recovery and reconstruction, offers a comprehensive examination of Jewish women in Europe during the High Middle Ages (1000-1300). Avraham Grossman covers multiple aspects of women's lives in medieval Jewish society, including the image of woman, the structure of the family unit, age at marriage, position in family and society, her place in economic and religious life, her education, her role in family ceremonies, violence against women, and the position of the divorcee and the widow in society. Grossman shows that the High Middle Ages saw a distinct improvement in the status of Jewish women in Europe relative to their status during the Talmudic period and in Muslim countries. The heart of Grossman's book concerns the improvement of Jewish women's lot, and the efforts of secular and religious authorities to impede their new-found status. Bringing together a variety of sources including halakhic literature, biblical and talmudic exegesis, ethical literature and philosophy, love songs, folklore and popular literature, gravestones, and drawings, Grossman's book reconstructs the unrecorded lives of Jewish women during the Middle Ages.

Publisher: University Press of New England
ISBN: 9781584653929

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