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The Jews And The Law

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The position of the Jews as servi camerae regis was the basis of the relationship between the Crown (or the rulers to whom it had delegated its authority) and the Jews. The legal status of the Jews in mediaeval Christian society has been the subject of much debate among scholar. Jews and Christians alike were the victims of the parallel and overlapping jurisdictional systems practiced in mediaeval Sicily. The Church possessed a portion of the jurisdiction over the Jews in Sicily under the Aragonese. Some Sicilian churches had inherited various rights over the Jews from pre-Aragonese times. The Crown tried to regain these rights as part of its efforts to recover alienated regalia, with varying success. The jurisdiction of the archbishopric of Palermo over the local Jews and additional rights and revenues went back to a grant by Emperor Frederick II.

Keywords: Jews; jurisdiction; Palermo; servi camerae regis; Sicilian churches



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