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Jews and Heretics in Catholic Poland: A Beleaguered Church in the Post-Reformation Era Magda Teter

Jews and Heretics in Catholic Poland: A Beleaguered Church in the Post-Reformation Era

Magda Teter

Published December 26th 2005
ISBN : 9780521856737
Hardcover
272 pages
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Contrary to the common contention that the Catholic Church triumphed in Counter-Reformation Poland, this study reveals that from the rise of the Reformation and the rapid dissemination of its new ideas, the Catholic Church was overcome with a strongMoreContrary to the common contention that the Catholic Church triumphed in Counter-Reformation Poland, this study reveals that from the rise of the Reformation and the rapid dissemination of its new ideas, the Catholic Church was overcome with a strong sense of insecurity. The beleaguered Church sought to separate Catholics from non-Catholics: Jews and heretics. This process helped form a Polish identity that led to racial anti-Semitism and to the exclusion of even most assimilated Jews from the category of Poles. The book portrays Jews not only as victims of Church persecution but as active influential participants in Polish society.