The Persecutions Of Marginal Groups In The 13th Century

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The persecutions of marginal groups that occurred in Europe from the 10th through the 13th century were some of the most influential events to occur in Western Christendom. These events not only influenced the history of many ethnic and religious groups but also influenced the rise of influential bodies of power such as the Roman Catholic Church which would go on to be one of the most powerful bodies in Europe. However, the causes that led to these occurrences are a matter of dispute. Through his work, R.I. Moor tries to set the record straight by explaining who caused these persecutions to occur and what their purpose was. Although works from the Middle Ages display marginal groups as a growing threat to Christian society, Moor’s work The …show more content…
The reader is taken on a journey through the history of the Jewish population and is shown how the persecutions that transpired against them occurred under the pretext of this group posing a threat to the Christian community. For example, during the 12th century B.C., it is shown how Jews were segregated from Christian communities, had rights suppressed by the Roman Catholic Church, and had their livelihood controlled by the nobles; furthermore it is shown how the Jews were placed into an unfavorable social situation that developed hatred against them (Moor, 82). This depiction is very explanatory and beneficial to the reader because it gives us a detailed analysis of how social and religious persecution against Jews originated and developed across Western and Northern Europe during the period. Therefore, as a result of these persecutions, the Jewish population in Western Europe suffered under the oppression of powerful groups which not only tried to expand their own personal power but also their influence on the lives of this marginal

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