The first in the Natalie Zemon Davis lecture series, this talk will explore trial records and other evidence collected by Prince-Bishop of Trent Johannes Hinderbach in connection with the trial of Jews in 1475. It will use this to recover their daily lives. The trial records, mostly in Latin, distort Jewish practices in more ways than through mistranslation, but, given that little remains of the historical record concerning the lives of Jews in Trent, how can one distill glimpses of the Jews' daily lives of this small Jewish community before the catastrophe of 1475?
Magda Teter is Professor of History and the Shvidler Chair of Judaic Studies at Fordham University. She is the author of award-winning books, most recently, Blood Libel: On the Trail of An Antisemitic Myth (2020) and Christian Supremacy: Reckoning with the Roots of Antisemitism and Racism (2023). Teter's research has been supported by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, HF Guggenheim Foundation, Radcliffe Institute at Harvard, the Cullman Center at the NYPL, and the NEH. She is currently President of the American Academy of Jewish Research.
The lecture will be hybrid, held in person in CEU's Vienna campus, and online via zoom.
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