The Mainz Anonymous is an account of the First Crusade of 1096 written soon thereafter by an anonymous Jewish author


The work is written in Hebrew. Its author is unknown, and it deals primarily with the Crusaders' actions in Mainz: hence its name. However, it also deals with other cities in the Rhineland, specifically Speyer and Worms. It is not entirely accurate: it has a definitive Jewish point of view and fictionalizes anecdotes occasionally to make a point. It also includes occasional anguished supplications to God.

References and further reading

  • Robert Chazan, European Jewry and the First Crusade (California, 1987).
  • Robert Chazan, In the Year 1096: The First Crusade and the Jews (JPS, 1996).
  • A. M. Habermann, גזרות אשכנז וצרפת [Massacres of France and Germany, Hebrew] (c. 1945).

External links

This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The original article was at Mainz Anonymous. The list of authors can be seen in the page history.

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