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Comtat Venaissin
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From the 13th century to the end of the 18th century, the Jews in the papal possession Comtat Venaissin enjoyed a comparatively privileged legal position. Spared from the persecutions that the Jews of the French crown lands experienced in the Middle Ages, based on their continuity of settlement and extensive communal autonomy, they were able to develop cultural and liturgical characteristics that were comparatively independent both from Ibero-Sephardic and from north-French-Ashkenazic Jewry.

The historic county (Comtat) Venaissin, located in southeastern France bet…

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Iancu, Carol, “Comtat Venaissin”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 30 September 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0152>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180401

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