Session 822: Multicultural Aspects of the Medieval City
Tuesday 10 July 2007, 16.30-18.00
|Sponsor:||Texas Medieval Association|
|Organiser:||Sally N. Vaughn, Department of History, University of Houston, Texas|
|Moderator/Chair:||Dolores Jørgensen, University of Virginia / Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, Trondheim|
|Paper 822-a||More Than the Normans: Cultural Diversity and Interaction at Caen, 11th and 12th Centuries|
Index terms: Demography, Economics - Urban, Social History
|Paper 822-b||The Jewish Moneylenders of Chartres: An Overlooked Viewing Community for the Early 13th-Century Portal Sculptures|
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Sculpture, Economics - Urban, Hebrew and Jewish Studies
|Paper 822-c||Jewish Female Moneylending in 13th-Century English Towns|
Index terms: Economics - Urban, Gender Studies, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Women’s Studies
The papers in this session will deal with multiculturalism. The first will outline the various cultures in the city of Caen in Normandy – French, Normans, Italians, Jews, and Muslims are clearly identifiable, along with ‘foreign merchants’. It will discuss their self-identity and their role in Caen’s development. The second paper will establish a Jewish viewing community at the Cathedral at Chartres and their harmonious relations with their Christian neighbours in Chartres, despite violence against Jews elsewhere in France.
Paper c: This paper will discuss the contribution made by Jewish female moneylenders to the 13th-century English urban economy. Through quantitative and qualitative analysis of the nature of the loans made by Anglo-Jewish females, this paper will question how far it is possible to identify a particularly ‘female’ type of moneylending activity. It will also explore the socio-economic background of the debtors who borrowed from Jewish female creditors and the effect of such credit transactions upon Jewish-Christian relations in 13th-century English towns.