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Blood Libel

On the Trail of an Antisemitic Myth

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$39.95 • £31.95 • €36.00

ISBN 9780674240933

Publication Date: 01/28/2020


560 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

33 photos, 1 map


  • Illustrations*
  • Note on Places and Names
  • Introduction
  • 1. From Medieval Tales to the Challenge in Trent
  • 2. The Death of Little Simon and the Trial of Jews in Trent
  • 3. Echoes of Simon of Trent in European Culture
  • 4. Blood Libels and Cultures of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe
  • 5. Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews Respond to Blood Libels
  • 6. “Who Should One Believe, the Rabbis or the Doctors of the Church?”
  • 7. “Jews Are Deemed Innocent in the Tribunals of Italy”
  • 8. The “Enlightenment” Pope Benedict XIV and the Blood Accusation
  • 9. Cardinal Ganganelli’s Secret Report
  • 10. Calculated Pragmatism and the Waning of Accusations
  • Epilogue: The Trail Continues
  • Notes
  • Archival and Primary Sources
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
  • * Illustrations
    • Map 1. European sites of blood libel court cases.
    • Fig. 0.1. Der Stürmer, May 1, 1934, the ritual murder issue.
    • Fig. 0.2. A mural of Simon of Trent on Brückenturm in Frankfurt.
    • Fig. 0.3. Simon of Trent, late sixteenth-century painting, northern Italy.
    • Fig. 1.1. William of Norwich, from Hartmann Schedel, Weltchronik (1493).
    • Fig. 1.2. Simon of Trent, from Schedel, Weltchronik (1493).
    • Fig. 2.1. Pilgrims visiting the relics of Simon (1475).
    • Fig. 2.2. Tobias capturing Simon, Hystorie von Simon zu Trient published by Albert Kunne (1475).
    • Fig. 2.3. Simon’s martyrdom with Simon held by Moses, Kunne chapbook.
    • Fig. 2.4. Simon as martyr, Kunne chapbook.
    • Fig. 2.5. Simon on the altar, Kunne chapbook.
    • Fig. 2.6. A 1475 broadsheet with Brunetta.
    • Fig. 3.1. Simon of Trent, pirated edition of Schedel’s Liber chronicarum (Augsburg, 1497).
    • Fig. 3.2. Antonio Gesti, Martirio di S. Simone di Trento (1589).
    • Fig. 3.3. Michelangelo Mariani, Il glorioso infante S. Simone (1668).
    • Fig. 3.4. Passover seder, Kunne chapbook.
    • Fig. 3.5. Examination of Simon’s body after its discovery, Kunne chapbook.
    • Fig. 3.6. Jews put to the flames, Kunne chapbook.
    • Fig. 3.7. Execution of the baptized Jews, Kunne chapbook.
    • Fig. 3.8. Jews conspiring to kidnap a child, with Christian symbols of fish and lamb, Kunne chapbook.
    • Fig. 3.9. Tobias ordered to kidnap a Christian child, from Tiberino published by Ginther Zainer in Augsburg (1475).
    • Fig. 3.10. Fresco on the site of Simon’s house in Trent.
    • Fig. 3.11. “Tobias the Jew snatches the boy,” a painting in Sandomierz, Poland.
    • Fig. 3.12. Simonine iconography of ritual murder, Sandomierz, Poland.
    • Fig. 3.13. “Raptus,” from a painting “San Simonino da Trento” by Pietromartino Fiammingo di Anversa (1597).
    • Fig. 3.14. Northern European iconography stressing murder (1698).
    • Fig. 4.1. A Jew desecrating a crucifix, from Schedel, Weltchronik.
    • Fig. 4.2. Burning Jews, from Schedel, Weltchronik.
    • Fig. 4.3. Pages from Münster’s Cosmography (1567).
    • Fig. 4.4. First printed illustrated Haggadah, by Thomas Murner (1512).
    • Fig. 6.1. S. Simonino da Trento, broadside by Giovanni Parone (1643–1730).
    • Fig. 8.1. Andreas of Rinn, early twentieth-century devotional card.
    • Fig. 10.1. A drawing of a body found near Tyczyn in 1766.
    • Fig. 11.1. Story of Simon of Trent in Der Stürmer, 1934.

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