blood libel

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blood libel

n
1. (Law) medieval history the malicious accusation that Jews used the blood of non-Jews in religious rituals
2. (Law) any false accusation of violence, murder, or blood lust
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Maurice Samuel's history of the setup, trial, and acquittal ofa Russian-Jewish bricklayer, Mendel Beilis, titled Blood Accusation, was published in the United States in 1966 by Alfred Knopf.
Consequently, the chief district attorney had to drop the police information and find a Jew on whom to pin the blood accusation.
Samuel's Blood Accusation is indicative of how writers--even armchair historians such as Samuel--were sometimes caught between these different notions of historical truth, on the one hand wanting to fulfill the obligation to remain faithful to the facts and tell it like it happened, and on the other hand wanting to have the freedom to explore the sort of truths that are inaccessible via the avenues of traditional scholarship and documentation.