Jewish Post-Biblical History Through Great Personalities

Jewish Post-Biblical History Through Great Personalities

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...was no murder; plundering their treasures to use in the holy cause was no robbery. The spirit in which even the leaders of the Crusades carried out their mission may be judged from the fact that when at last, under Godfrey of Bouillon, they entered Jerusalem, they drove all the Jews of the Holy City into a synagogue and burned them with their place of worship. And yet it was not so much the leaders as the followers that burned and robbed and killed. Now and then a brave voice was raised against the slaughter. The Bishop of Speyer and the Bishop of Cologne both protected the Jews with kindness and energy. Later the noble monk, St. Bernard of France, at the risk of his own life, did all he could to check the terrible cruelty. Enlightened kings, too, protested. The German emperor, Henry IV, who had been away in Italy, was full of indignation at the dark deeds that had been done during his absence. In spite of the anger of the clergy, he went so far as to allow those Jews who had been forcibly converted to Christianity to return to their own faith. But such humanity was rare--so rare, indeed, that we find the good Bishop of Cologne accused by Church historians of having been bribed by Jewish gold. Not otherwise could they understand the exceptional sight of a Christian prelate showing kindness to a Jew. And any opposition to the prevailing cruelty was useless. In all the flourishing towns that Jewish industry had helped to make prosperous, Jewish men and women, and even little children, were slain by the sword, or burned, or drowned. And yet, as we have seen, there was no natural, deepseated hatred of the Jews in the hearts of the people among The Motive whom they dwelt. Jew-hatred had to be stirred for up, now by the State and now by the...
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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236870050
  • 9781236870056