Alan Dundes, during this casebook of an anti-Semitic legend, demonstrates the ability of folklore to steer idea and history. in line with the blood libel legend, Jews murdered Christian babies to acquire blood to make matzah. Dundes has collected the following the paintings of prime students who study the numerous resources and gildings of the legend. jointly, their essays represent a forceful assertion by contrast fake accusation.
The legend is traced from the homicide of William of Norwich in 1144, one of many first mentioned situations of ritualized homicide attributed to Jews, via nineteenth-century Egyptian experiences, Spanish examples, Catholic periodicals, sleek English instances, and twentieth-century American cases. The essays deal not just with historic circumstances and surveys of blood libel in several locales, but additionally with literary renditions of the legend, together with the ballad “Sir Hugh, or, the Jew’s Daughter” and Chaucer’s “The Prioress’s Tale.”
those case experiences supply a finished view of the complicated nature of the blood libel legend. The concluding component of the quantity contains an research of the legend that specializes in Christian false impression of the Jewish dinner party of Purim and the kid abuse section of the legend and that makes an attempt to carry psychoanalytic thought to endure at the content material of the blood libel legend. the ultimate essay by means of Alan Dundes takes a exceedingly folkloristic technique, studying the legend as a part of the trust process that Christians built approximately Jews.
This learn of the blood libel legend will curiosity folklorists, students of Catholicism and Judaism, and plenty of normal readers, for it truly is either the literature and the historical past of anti-Semitism.
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