Description

From the middle ages on Jewish life in the holy roman empire was characterized by their egal status as servants of the imperial chamber (servi camerae, Kammerknechte). Paying taxes to the imperial chamber, the Jews stood under special protection of the Emperor. The so-called Speyrer Jew Privilege (1544) stated the legal framework of the Jewish community of the Empire, prohibiting expulsion, and „unjustified“ acusations of ritual murder and securing undisturbed religious practice, and imperial conduct and protection. But what was this privilege along with other privileges from indiviuals worth in reality? Based on two cases from the Imperial Aulic Court (Reichshofrat) my lecture will focus the implementation of imperial law as well as the opportunities of Jews using the imperial court to push through their right against local authorities.

This presentation is for the following text(s):

  • Supplication of the Franconian Jews to Emperor Maximilian II in case of a ritual murder accusation, s. D. (October 18, 1570)
  • Supplication of Samuel Ullman to Emperor Ferdinand II in case of restitution ct. the Landgraf Wilhelm of Leuchtenberg, s. D. (March 28, 1620)

Event Website

http://wesscholar.wesleyan.edu/emw/emw2008/

Start Date

18-8-2008 4:00 PM

Location

Yeshiva University, New York

 
Aug 18th, 4:00 PM

Under imperial Protection? Jewish Presence on the Imperial Aulic Court in the 16th and 17th Centuries

Yeshiva University, New York

From the middle ages on Jewish life in the holy roman empire was characterized by their egal status as servants of the imperial chamber (servi camerae, Kammerknechte). Paying taxes to the imperial chamber, the Jews stood under special protection of the Emperor. The so-called Speyrer Jew Privilege (1544) stated the legal framework of the Jewish community of the Empire, prohibiting expulsion, and „unjustified“ acusations of ritual murder and securing undisturbed religious practice, and imperial conduct and protection. But what was this privilege along with other privileges from indiviuals worth in reality? Based on two cases from the Imperial Aulic Court (Reichshofrat) my lecture will focus the implementation of imperial law as well as the opportunities of Jews using the imperial court to push through their right against local authorities.

This presentation is for the following text(s):

  • Supplication of the Franconian Jews to Emperor Maximilian II in case of a ritual murder accusation, s. D. (October 18, 1570)
  • Supplication of Samuel Ullman to Emperor Ferdinand II in case of restitution ct. the Landgraf Wilhelm of Leuchtenberg, s. D. (March 28, 1620)

https://fordham.bepress.com/emw/emw2008/emw2008/10