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Unformatted text preview: HUMA 2850- W10:30 Jessica Abourmad 208508749 The Memoirs of Glickel of Hamelon Essentially, Jews who handled the finances of the aristocracy and acted as money lenders in central Europe were often referred to as Court Jews. Court Jews were primarily men, whom were typically more cultivated (due to their imminence with the Christian monarch), and active in trade of precious metals. They were often exempted from certain aspects of society that other Jews were subjected to (taxes) and had political influence because of their relationship with the monarch. Court Jews were often lax in their religious observances yet still used their Jewish status to influence Jewish political affairs. Glickel of Hamelon, a female court Jew during the early modern period, produces an ethical testament to her children by means of a memoir. Preceding book three of her memoirs, Glickel describes her background which includes the dynamics of her life and family. It incorporates a glimpse of the life of her father and soon to be wed sister, the family....
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This note was uploaded on 04/24/2008 for the course HUMA 2850 taught by Professor Weiser during the Spring '08 term at York University.
- Spring '08