A new interpretation of the final days of the Jewish Community of Pamiers

Ram Ben-Shalom*

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This article examines, and publishes in an annex, a letter written by Yom Tov ben Hannah of Montalban. This letter describes how the seventy Jews of Pamiers were forced to raise money to ransom their lives. Henri Gross presumed that it was count Gaston III of Foix (d. 1391), who had tried to extort money from the Jewish community. A re-examination suggests that the imprisonment of the Jews of Pamiers occurred after the promulgation of the edict of expulsion from France (1394), and represented a final attempt by count Mathieu of Foix, to extort money before the Jews' departure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-37
Number of pages7
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2018

Bibliographical note

Includes transcription of ms. Oxford - Bodleian Library MS Mich. 155. -
Publisher Copyright: © koninklijke brill nv, leiden, 2018.


  • Aragon
  • Febus of Foix
  • Gaston III
  • Jewish captives
  • Mathieu of Foix
  • Montalban
  • Pamiers
  • Yom Tov ben Hannah

RAMBI Publications

  • Rambi Publications
  • Gaston -- III Phœbus -- Count of Foix -- 1331-1391
  • Yom Tov ben Hannah
  • Jews -- Persecutions -- France -- Pamiers
  • Jews -- France -- Pamiers
  • Jewish prisoners -- France
  • Manuscripts, Hebrew


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