Jewish Women in Europe in the Middle Ages

A quiet revolution

By Simha Goldin

Jewish Women in Europe in the Middle Ages


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-0660-5
  • Pages: 288
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £19.99
  • Published Date: September 2016
  • BIC Category: Relating to Jewish people & groups, History & Archaeology, European history: medieval period, middle ages, Humanities / Medieval history, Society & social sciences / Gender studies: women, CE period up to c 1500, HISTORY / Medieval, HISTORY / Jewish, History, Religion, Medieval History, Social & cultural history
  • Series: Gender in History


Goldin's study explores the relationships between men and women within Jewish society living in Germany, northern France and England among the Christian population over a period of some 350 years. Looking at original Hebrew sources to conduct a social analysis, he takes us from the middle of the tenth century until the middle of the second half of the fourteenth century, when the Christian population had expelled the Jews from almost all of the places they were living.

Particularly fascinating are the attitudes towards women, as well as their changes in social status. By examining the factors involved in these issues, including views of the leadership, economic influences, internal power politics and gender struggles, Goldin's book provides a greater understanding of the functioning of these communities.

This volume will be of great interest to historians of medieval Europe, gender and religion.


1. Heroines by choice or by chance: martyrs, converts, and anusot (forced converts)
2. Four differing paradigms of male attitudes to women
3. Women and the family unit
4. Marital relations, power and social standing
5. Women and the Mitzvot
6. Cases of some prominent Jewish women
Translated samples of the original source material
Glossary of Hebrew terms
Glossary of Talmudic scholars


Simha Goldin is Senior Lecturer in Jewish History at Tel Aviv University, Israel

Jewish Women in Europe in the Middle Ages

By Simha Goldin

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