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Black LegaciesRace and the European Middle Ages$
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Lynn T. Ramey

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060071

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060071.001.0001

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Biblical Race

Biblical Race

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Black Legacies

Lynn T. Ramey

University Press of Florida

This chapter focuses on the religious context in the treatment of black people. Within the matrix of gender and race, anxieties of lineage and reproduction emerged that would become rooted in secular literature. A number of medieval commentaries do not exhibit clear lines of transmission between Jewish commentators and Christian thinkers. However, there are several other documented examples of the sharing of cultural and religious beliefs, including the disputations of 15th-century Spain. The chapter examines the importance of everyday contact between cultures in the Crusader kingdoms, Sicily, Spain, and around the Mediterranean basin as well as European cities. These provided the opportunity for casual exchange of beliefs and tales. It also discusses the importance of the use of women as gifts between men in some societies.

Keywords:   black people, lineage, reproduction, religious beliefs, Spain, women

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