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Jews and Heretics in Catholic Poland A Beleaguered Church in the Post-Reformation Era

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ISBN-10: 0521856736

ISBN-13: 9780521856737

Edition: 2005

Authors: Magda Teter

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Magda Teter takes issue with historians' contention that the Catholic Church triumphed in Counter-Reformation Poland. In fact it suffered from a sense of insecurity and the Jews became symbols of its weakness, a process that helped form Polish identity and led to the exclusion of Jews from the category of Poles.
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Book details

List price: $103.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/26/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Magda Teter is Professor of History and Jeremy Zwelling Professor of Jewish Studies at Wesleyan University.

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
Note on Terms, Spelling, and Translations
"One Mystical Body...Only One Shepherd": The Church Ideals of Social Order
"Two Swords...the Spiritual and the Temporal"
The Threat to the Sword of Spiritual Power: "Those Wretched and Miserable Jews"
"All Heresies Are Forbidden by Both Divine and Imperial Law"
The Upset Social Order: Nobles and the Jews in Poland
Polish Triangle of Power: The King, the Nobles, and the Catholic Church
"We Were Born Nobles First and Only Then Catholics"
Jews and the Nobles, "Their Protectors"
"A Great Danger...from the Outcry of the Gentiles that Jews...Have Dominion over Them"
Heresy and the Fleeting "Triumph of the Counter-Reformation"
Christians on Trial for "Falling into the Perfidious Apostasy and the Superstitious Sect of the Jews"
Between "the Papists" and "the Arians": The Christian "dissidentes de religione"
"To Accept One True Confession," Not "Someone Else's...But Our Own Polish and Christian"
"Bad and Cruel Catholics": Christian Sins and Social Intimacies Between Jews and Christians
Sunday Sins and Jewish Inns
"Debaucheries, Adulteries, and Lewdness": Female Servants in Jewish Homes
Feasting, Drinking, and Dancing: Jewish-Christian Socializing
"Neither Men nor Women Should Wear Non-Jewish Clothes": Restrictions of Rabbinic Law
"Even Jews and Turks Observe Holidays Better": The Church Rebukes Sinning Christians
"A Shameful Offence": The Nobles and Their Jews
"Impoverished and Destroyed": Church Revenues and the Jews
"The Jews as Their Lord Squire": A Wave of Prohibitions to Restore the Church Ideal of Social Hierarchy
"The Money, the Pepper, the Saffron, and the Christian Blood"
The Lords' Defiance of the Church and the Consequences Thereof
"Countless Books Against Common Faith": Catholic Insularity and Anti-Jewish Polemic
"So, Is It Inappropriate for Us to Have Books?": Control of Printing and Scholarship
Jewish Instruction of Christian Scholars, in Poland and Abroad
"The Rabid and Cruel Synagogue": Accusations by Catholic Clergy in Poland
The Host and the Blood: The Medievalism of Polish Anti-Jewish Polemic
"Is It Permissible to Kill a Pagan or a Jew...?"
"Warding Off Heretical Depravity": "Whom Does the Catholic Church Reject, Condemn and Curse?"
Promoting Mary and the Saints
Challenging the Protestants by Undermining the Jews
"The Heretics Are Truly Worse"
"Blindness," "Obstinacy," and "Blasphemies": Anti-Jewish Sources of Anti-Protestant Assaults
"They Are Obliged to Be Subordinate to the Dominant Religion": Legislative Measures Concerning Heretics
Conclusion: Did the Counter-Reformation Triumph in Poland?
Selected Bibliography