5. Johannes Pfefferkorn and the Campaign against Jews

David H. Price

in Johannes Reuchlin and the Campaign to Destroy Jewish Books

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780195394214
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894734 | DOI:
5. Johannes Pfefferkorn and the Campaign against Jews

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This chapter describes the attempt, which began in 1509, to promote conversion by confiscating Jewish books. Supported by the Franciscan and Dominican Orders as well as the University of Cologne, Johannes Pfefferkorn agitated for universal expulsion of Jews or, that failing, destruction of their “blasphemous” and “heretical” books (with emphasis on the Talmud and liturgical books). The chapter offers extensive analysis of the inflammatory anti-Jewish pamphlets published to support this campaign. In 1509, the anti-Jewish effort scored a major success: Emperor Maximilian issued a mandate authorizing confiscation of Jewish books.

Keywords: anti-Jewish pamphlets; confiscation; expulsion of Jews; Maximilian I; Johannes Pfefferkorn; Talmud; Jewish books; Franciscan Order; Dominican Order; University of Cologne

Chapter.  7802 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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