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The Jews And The Law

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The advent of Aragonese rule in Sicily was not accompanied by a change in the status of the Jews as subjects of the royal treasury. The legal status of the Jews in mediaeval Christian society has been the subject of much debate among scholars. In the last analysis, the Jews were an estate or class as it were, to themselves, a situation in line with the social system of the age. Jews and Christians alike were the victims of the parallel and overlapping jurisdictional systems practiced in mediaeval Sicily. The Jews were the only infidels tolerated in Christian society, albeit with certain reservations. Mediaeval rulers were Christian kings. The badge was the most visible sign of social segregation and degradation. Other measures, less apparent, included the banning of social relations between Jews and Christians.

Keywords: Aragonese rule; Badge; Christian society; Jews; Sicily



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