The <i>Solomon bar Simson Chronicle</i>: The Trier and Cologne Units

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:
The Solomon bar Simson Chronicle: The Trier and Cologne Units

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This chapter provides a third and final discussion on the Solomon bar Simson Chronicle, in which it analyzes the objectives and characteristics of two independent units: the reports on events in Trier and Cologne. It also aims to provide an assessment of the original composition before it studies the ways the editor of the Solomon bar Simson Chronicle adapted this original work to his purposes. The first section is on the Trier narrative, which covers a period of approximately two months. The events portrayed are episodic, and focus on three major developments. These are the arrival of the French crusading forces led by Peter the Hermit in Trier, the subsequent arousal of the Trier burghers against their Jewish neighbors, and the decisive violence that led to a massive forced conversion of the Jews of Trier. The next section is on the Cologne unit, which is the only element in the composite account that carries any dating. It is shown that the organization of the Cologne unit is simple and effective.

Keywords: Trier; Cologne; original composition; major developments; Peter the Hermit; Trier burghers; forced conversion; dating

Chapter.  7572 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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