The Myth of the Medieval Jewish Moneylender

Volume II

  • Julie L. Mell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Some Explorations: Ashkenaz and Beyond

  3. Back Matter
    Pages 199-264

About this book


This book challenges a common historical narrative, which portrays medieval Jews as moneylenders who filled an essential economic role in Europe.  Where Volume I traced the development of the narrative in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and refuted it with an in-depth study of English Jewry, Volume II explores the significance of dissolving the Jewish narrative for European history.  It extends the study from England to northern France, the Mediterranean, and central Europe and deploys the methodologies of legal, cultural, and religious history alongside economic history.  Each chapter offers a novel interpretation of key topics, such as the Christian usury campaign, the commercial revolution, and gift economy / profit economy, to demonstrate how the revision of Jewish history leads to new insights in European history.  


money lending Jewish-Christian relations commercial revolution usury medieval history

Authors and affiliations

  • Julie L. Mell
    • 1
  1. 1.North Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-34185-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-34186-6
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