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The politics of precariousness. Josel of Rosheim and Jewish intercession in the Holy Roman empire in the 16th century

Guesnet, F; (2017) The politics of precariousness. Josel of Rosheim and Jewish intercession in the Holy Roman empire in the 16th century. Jewish Culture and History , 19 (1) pp. 8-22. 10.1080/1462169X.2017.1409994. Green open access

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Abstract

This contribution argues that Josel of Rosheim (1478–1554), the most prominent Jewish intercessor in the history of the Holy Roman Empire, considered intercession as a necessary instrument of his political involvement which he applied with routine and success, though that he also was conscious of its limitations. The intention to substantially improve the legal status of the Jews of the Empire becomes apparent in 1530, in the context of a renewal of imperial privileges and, more importantly, in the context of the Imperial Diet of that year. Josel of Rosheim was prominently involved in drafting a reform proposal concerning the status of the Jews in the Empire, the Artikel und Ordnung, directed at the Imperial Diet. This discussion also reviews Josel’s own terminology pertaining to intercession.

Type: Article
Title: The politics of precariousness. Josel of Rosheim and Jewish intercession in the Holy Roman empire in the 16th century
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/1462169X.2017.1409994
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1462169X.2017.1409994
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Early modern history, Holy Roman Empire, Jewish political culture, Josel of Rosheim, Jewish intercession (shtadlanut)
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Hebrew and Jewish Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10056622
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