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The Jews in the Tax Lists (Taille) of Late 13th Century Paris: the Socio-Economic and Cultural Lives of Jewish Men and Women in Christian Neighborhoods

Nureet Dermer

My thesis focuses on the Jews who feature in the tax lists of late 13th and early 14th century Paris. It presents data found in these lists and provide a nuanced and detailed picture of Jewish daily life in medieval Paris from social, interreligious and gender perspectives. During the reign of Philip IV (“Philip the Fair”) seven censuses were carried out in order to collect tax from the Parisian population. These were undertaken in a systematic and orderly fashion, dividing inhabitants by street and local parish. Significantly, the censuses documented the occupation of all Parisian inhabitants included in the lists, all those but the poor and those exempt from taxation. In addition to individual occupations, these lists contain a wealth of information about people living in Paris – their names, addresses, family ties, geographical origin, and amounts of tax paid in the years 1292, 1296-1300, and 1313.

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