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    Richard of Devizes and fictions of Judaism

    Bale, Anthony (2000) Richard of Devizes and fictions of Judaism. Jewish Culture and History 3 (2), pp. 55-72. ISSN 1462-169X.

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    Abstract

    It has long been thought that Richard of Devizes' account of a ritual murder committed by the Jews of Winchester in the early 1190s refers to a ‘genuine’ allegation and crime. This article explores the ways in which the account is written and for the first time a literary source is suggested for Richard's account. Richard's Cronicon interrogates rather than consolidates fictions concerning Judaism; his account of a putative ritual murder is a sophisticated play on the very nature of textuality and cultural authority.

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