The Conversion of Herman the Jew

Jean-Claude Schmitt examines a unique and controversial conversion narrative to explore its meaning within the society and culture of its period as well as what it has to tell us about the way historians think and write.

The Conversion of Herman the Jew
Autobiography, History, and Fiction in the Twelfth Century

Jean-Claude Schmitt. Translated by Alex J. Novikoff

2010 | 320 pages | Cloth $59.95 | Paper $28.95
History / Religion
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Fiction and Truth
Chapter 2. Medieval Autobiography
Chapter 3. The Dream and Its Interpretation
Chapter 4. Conversion to Images
Chapter 5. Baptism and Name
Chapter 6. "A New Era of Conversion"

Extract from the Vita of Godfried, Count of Cappenburg
Herman the Former Jew: Short Work on the Subject of His Conversion