Recounts the history of the Ashkenazic Jewish experience in medieval western Europe from the 5th to 15th centuries, focusing on interaction between Jews and Christians during this formative period.
"Glick's examination of the social experience of Jews living among Christians in medieval Europe is fascinating. . . . The Crusades, the Jews' relegation from merchants to moneylenders, and Jewish settlement in and subsequent expulsion from England allow Glick to realize his hypothesis. Glick makes this history come alive. An excellent choice for academic, seminary, and public libraries."—Library Journal
Leonard B. Glick is a cultural anthropologist with a medical degree and a doctorate in anthropology. He is professor emeritus of anthropology at Hampshire College and is the author of Marked in Your Flesh: Circumcision from Ancient Judea to Modern America.