She is Professor in the Department of History at Queen Mary, University of London, England. Miri Rubin studied History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Cambridge, where a PhD, Charity and Community in Medieval Cambridge, in 1984. She taught at Oxford University and in 2000 was appointed to a Chair in Early Modern History at the Department of History at . Between 2002 and 2005 Miri Rubin held a Major Research Award from the Leverhulme Foundation. Between 2004 and 2007 she has served as a Councillor of the Royal Historical society and in 2007 she was elected as Corresponding Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America.
Among her other publications are:
Corpus Christi: the Eucharist in Late Medieval Culture, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.
Gentile Tales: the Narrative Assault on Late Medieval Jews, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1999.
Emotion and Devotion. The Meanings of Mary in Medieval Culture, Budapest: Central European University Press, 2009
When you listen to the podcast, you will also find that she will soon publish, with Penguin Classics, a translation of the medieval story of William of Norwich, a story which is the earliest account of "blood libel," in which Jews were falsely accused of killing Christians to use their blood in order to make Passover matzos. I mentioned, as well, a novel by Bernard Malamud, The Fixer , a fictionalised account of an actual "blood libel" charge from late Czarist Russia. The novel is superb and I highly recommend it. First things first, though, enjoy the podcast!
John W. Martens
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