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At the Gate of Christendom Jews, Muslims and 'Pagans' in Medieval Hungary, C. 1000 - C. 1300

ISBN-10: 0521027209

ISBN-13: 9780521027205

Edition: 2006

Authors: Nora Berend, Rosamond McKitterick, Christine Carpenter, Jonathan Shepard

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Modern life in increasingly heterogeneous societies has directed attention to patterns of interaction, often using a framework of persecution and tolerance. This study of the economic, social, legal and religious position of three minorities (Jews, Muslims and pagan Turkic nomads) argues that different degrees of exclusion and integration characterized medieval non-Christian status in the medieval Christian kingdom of Hungary between 1000 and 1300. A complex explanation of non-Christian status emerges from the analysis of their economic, social, legal and religious positions and roles. Existence on the frontier with the nomadic world led to the formulation of a frontier ideology, and to anxiety about Hungarys detachment from Christendom, which affected policies towards non-Christians. The study also succeeds in integrating central European history with the study of the medieval world, while challenging such current concepts in medieval studies as frontier societies, persecution and tolerance, ethnicity and the other.
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Book details

List price: $83.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/2/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 364
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Nora Berend is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge. Her previous publications include At the Gate of Christendom: Jews, Muslims and 'Pagans' in Medieval Hungary, c.1000-c.1300 (Cambridge University Press, 2001) for which she received the Royal Historical Society's Gladstone Prize in 2002, and Christianization and the Rise of Christian Monarchy: Central Europe, Scandinavia and Rus', c.950-c.1200 (as editor, Cambridge University Press, 2007).

Rosamond McKitterick holds the Chair in Medieval History in the University of Cambridge and is Vice-Master of Sidney Sussex College. Her books include The Carolingians and the Written Word (1989), History and Memory in the Carolingian World (2004), Perceptions of the Past in the Early Middle Ages (2006), Charlemagne: The Formation of a European Identity (2008) and Old Saint Peter's, Rome (edited with J. Osborne, C. Richardson and J. Story, 2013), and she has lectured and given seminars in many universities in Britain, Continental Europe, North America and Australia. She is a Corresponding Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, the Monumenta Germaniae Historica and the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and in 2010 she was awarded the Dr A. H. Heineken International Prize for History. Her current work within the field of the early medieval history of Europe focuses on a people's (re)construction, knowledge and use of the past, especially the Roman past. Latterly this has also taken her into study of the historical and cultural context and implications of early medieval glossaries.

List of maps
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction
Hungary: a frontier society
Christians and non-Christians
The legal position of Hungary's non-Christian population
Non-Christians in Hungarian economy and society
Conflicts between the papacy and the kings
Christian perceptions and attitudes
Non-Christian communities: continuity, transformation, conversion and assimilation
Conclusion
Appendices
Bibliography
Index