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AcknowledgmentsAbbreviationsIntroduction3Ch. 1The Historical Background18Ch. 2France, Source of the Troubles: Shepherds' Crusade and Lepers' Plot (1320, 1321)43Ch. 3Crusade and Massacre in Aragon (1320)69Ch. 4Lepers, Jews, Muslims, and Poison in the Crown (1321)93Ch. 5Sex and Violence between Majority and Minority127Ch. 6Minorities Confront Each Other: Violence between Muslims and Jews166Ch. 7The Two Faces of Sacred Violence200Epilogue: The Black Death and Beyond231Bibliography of Works Cited251Index281

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David Nirenberg is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for the Study of Cultures at Rice University.


Winner of the 1998 Herbert Baxter Adams Prize, American Historical Association Winner of the 1996 Premio del Rey Prize, American Historical Association Winner of the 1998 Best First Book in Iberian History Award, Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies Winner of the 2000 John Nicholas Brown Prize, Medieval Academy of America "Nirenberg's argument is elegant and precise... [His] superb scholarship has done a great service in a matter of great importance, and not only to historians."--Edward Peters, The Historian "[This book] is written with a stylistic flair that makes it a pleasure to read, a model of historical research and exposition at its best."--Marc Saperstein, American Historical Review "Nirenberg has ventured unescorted down all manner of unexplored paths... This is a highly sophisticated piece of work, clever in the best sense of the word, rich and variegated, a treasure-house of perceptive scholarship, sensitively nuanced, beautifully controlled, a delight to handle and a joy to read."--Peter Linehan, Medium Aevum

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