Benjamin Gampel,"As If the Jews Had No Lord: Anti-Jewish Riots in Castile and Aragon, 1391-1392"
The most devastating attacks on the Jews of medieval Christian Europe took place in the kingdoms of Castile and Aragon during ten months from June 1391 to April 1392. While the rioters’ success cannot be easily explained, the intervention of those who pledged to protect the Jews was ineffective. However sincere the intentions of the majority society, and the assurances of its leaders, to protect those who are reliant upon them, the security of a minority community is ultimately, for them, not a matter of paramount importance.
Benjamin Gampel, the Dina and Eli Field Family Chair in Jewish History at The Jewish Theological Seminary, specializes in the history of the Jews of the medieval and early modern world. He is the author of The Last Jews on Iberian Soil, the editor of Crisis and Creativity in the Sephardic World, and recently published Anti-Jewish Riots in the Crown of Aragon and the Royal Response, 1391-1392, which was granted the 2016 National Jewish Book Council's Nahum M. Sarna Memorial Award in Scholarship. In addition to his publications, Benjamin Gampel is known as a stimulating teacher and delightful lecturer on the whole range of Jewish history.