With reference to the inquiry made by this lady about a
Jewish Princedom in France, I am wondering
if this is related to the following:
Haroon Al Rasheed, the Abbaside Caliph of Baghdad, wanted
to send an embassy to the Emperor
Charlemagne. He chose a Prince from the Exilarch's family
by the name of Isaac to be the Head of the
delegation. They travelled across Europe and presented themselves
to the Frankish Emperor and delivered whatever messages
and gifts the Caliph had sent.
We are told that Charlemagne was so impressed with the Prince
Isaac, that he offered him land in Provence and invited
him and the members of his delegation to settle there.
Some accepted the offer, and this may be the origin of the
Jewish Princedom of France.
There are no records of how long the Princedom lasted. I
must add here that Charlemagne had not yet adopted the Christian
Faith, and was not under the influence of the Church which
was not so well disposed towards the Jews.
Naim S. Mahlab
The Princedom was in Narbon, South Eastern France.
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