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100 1  Rose, E. M. 
245 14 The murder of William of Norwich :|bthe origins of the 
       blood libel in medieval Europe /|cE. M. Rose. 
260    Oxford :|bOxford University Press,|c[2015]. 
300    xii, 394 pages :|billustrations, maps ;|c22 cm. 
500    "In 1144, the mutilated body of William of Norwich, a 
       young apprentice leatherworker, was found abandoned 
       outside the city's walls. The boy bore disturbing signs of
       torture, and a story soon spread that it was a ritual 
       murder, performed by Jews in imitation of the Crucifixion 
       as a mockery of Christianity. The outline of William's 
       tale swiftly gained currency far beyond Norwich, and the 
       idea that Jews engaged in ritual murder became firmly 
       rooted in the European imagination. E. M. Rose's book 
       delves into the story of William's murder and the 
       notorious trial that followed to uncover the origin of the
       ritual murder accusation--known as the "blood libel"--in 
       western Europe in the Middle Ages. Focusing on the 
       specific historical context and suspensefully unraveling 
       the facts of the case, Rose makes a powerful argument for 
       why the Norwich Jews were accused of killing the youth, 
       and how the malevolent blood libel accusation managed to 
       take hold. She also considers four "copycat" cases, in 
       which Jews were similarly blamed for the death of young 
       Christians, and traces the adaptations of the story over 
       time. In the centuries after its appearance, the ritual 
       murder accusation provoked instances of torture, death and
       expulsion of thousands of Jews and the extermination of 
       hundreds of communities. Although no charge of ritual 
       murder has withstood historical scrutiny, the concept of 
       the blood libel is so emotionally charged and deeply 
       rooted in cultural memory that it endures even today. 
       Rose's groundbreaking work provides clear answers as to 
       why the blood libel emerged when it did and how it was 
       able to gain such widespread acceptance, laying the 
       foundations for enduring anti-Semitic myths that continue 
       to the present"--Provided by publisher. 
650  0 Antisemitism|zEurope|xHistory. 
650  0 Blood accusation. 
650  0 Jews|xPersecutions|zEurope|xHistory. 
650  0 Christianity and antisemitism. 
651  0 Europe|xEthnic relations|xHistory. 
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