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The <i>Solomon bar Simson Chronicle</i>: The Editorial Prologue and Epilogue

Robert Chazan

in God, Humanity, and History

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780520221277
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923959 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520221277.003.0004
The Solomon bar Simson Chronicle: The Editorial Prologue and Epilogue

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This chapter begins a detailed discussion on the Solomon bar Simson Chronicle, which is continued in the next two chapters. This narrative is a first crusade narrative that tells the story of then recent persecution in Blois and comments on Speyer Jewry. It is noted that there are striking differences between the Mainz Anonymous and the Solomon bar Simson Chronicle, one of which is the shift from a coherent and seamless narrative to an episodic and disjointed narrative. This chapter looks at the two portions of the narrative where the presence of the editor is most obvious, namely the prologue and the epilogue. The prologue of the Solomon bar Simson Chronicle begins with very little information on the development of the crusade and its anti-Jewish thrust. The epilogue, on the other hand, shifts the focus from the Jews to their persecutors.

Keywords: Solomon bar Simson Chronicle; persecution; Blois; Speyer Jewry; differences; Mainz Anonymous; prologue; epilogue

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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