Department of Social Sciences
Dickinson State University
Dickinson, North Dakota
Matthew Paris’s Chronica Majora and Allegations of Jewish Ritual Murder
Robert Nisbet recognized Matthew Paris as “admittedly one of the greatest historians, if not the greatest in his day.” Matthew provided “the most detailed record of events unparalleled in English medieval history” from 1236-1259. Within the chronicle, allegations of Jewish ritual murder rested alongside classical sources in various languages, including Greek, Latin, Arabic, and Hebrew.