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BERENGER OF NARBONNE:

Viscount of Narbonne in the eleventh century. In the midst of the important wars of that century waged for the assertion of their temporal power, the popes still found time to protect the Jews. Alexander II. was their enlightened and zealous protector against any injustice. Animated by such sentiments, he praised the viscount Bérenger of Narbonne for having energetically interfered in their favor at a time when their persecution was threatened. At the same time Alexander wrote a letter to the bishop Wifred of Narbonne (1063), asking him to protect the Jews no less actively in future than had Bérenger, if similar circumstances should arise.

Bibliography:
  • Vogelstein and Rieger, Die Juden, in Rom, i. 216.
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