These three pieces may be useful:
Rokeah, Zefira Entin, "Unnatural Child Death Among Christians and Jews in
Medieval England," The Journal of Psychohistory 18 (1990), 181-226.
Marcus, Ivan G., _Rituals of Childhood: Jewish Acculturation in Medieval
Europe_ (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996).
"Jewish Code of Education" (pp. 243-51) in Jacobs, Joseph. _The Jews of
Angevin England: Documents and Records_ (New York & London: Putnam's,
On Wed, 10 Jan 2001, Diane Auslander wrote:
> Dear list members
> I am currently engaged in research that is far removed from my ordinary field
> of endeavor and i am hoping someone out there can help me. I am involved in
> a seminar on "Childhood from Late Antiquity to the Early Modern Period".
> Within this vast subject I have come to focus on the role of children in
> ritual murder accusations against Jews in the Middle Ages. While there is a
> great deal of primary material on such accusations (i.e. "The Life of William
> of Norwich" etc.) and some excellent secondary material, notably by Gavin
> Langmuir and R. Po-chia Hsia, these center on the larger issues of
> anti-semitism and the development of a diologue of hatred. I need to find
> imformation that may illuminate some of the history and psychology of the use
> of children as sacrifice. What I am looking for (finally - the point) is
> sources pertaining to (1) child martyrs, (2) accusations of ritual torture
> and murder of children leveled agains the early Chrisitians, and (3) any
> information on how medieval Jews viewed childhood and their children. Any
> information or suggestions will be gratefully accepted.
> Thank you in advance for any help anyone can give me.
> Diane Auslander
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