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Jews in Medieval Britain

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Britain's medieval Jewish community arrived with the Normans in 1066 and was expelled from the country in 1290. This is the first time in forty years that its life has been comprehensively examined for a student and general readership. Beginning with an introduction setting the medieval British experience into its European context, the book continues with three chapters outlining the history of the Jews' presence and a discussion of where they settled. Further chapters then explore themes such as their relationship with the Christian church, Jewish women's lives, the major types of evidence used by historians, the latest evidence emerging from archaeological exploration, and new approaches from literary studies. The book closes with a reappraisal of one of the best-known communities, that at York. Drawing together the work of experts in the field, and supported by an extensive bibliographical guide, this is a valuable and revealing account of medieval Jewish history in Britain.

Patricia Skinner is a Wellcome Research Fellow in the College of Arts and Humanities, Swansea University.

Contributors: ANTHONY BALE, SUZANNE BARTLETT, PAUL BRAND, BARRIE DOBSON, JOHN EDWARDS, JOSEPH HILLABY, D.A. HINTON, ROBIN MUNDILL, ROBERT C. STACEY.

Reviews

There are gems of information, excellent insights and a useful bibliography in this collection. JOURNAL OF JEWISH STUDIES
As a review of the current state of scholarship, this collection combines concision with expertise. It covers a great deal of ground with commendable zest. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW
A useful collection of essays which clearly adds to our understanding of Jewish life in medieval Britain. HISTORY
A welcome sight...it proves that medieval Jewish history is finally gaining the recognition it deserves. ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY
An invaluable guide to recent work and the present state of knowledge [in the subject]. NORTHERN HISTORY

Details

First Published: 03 Apr 2003
13 Digit ISBN: 9780851159317
Pages: 187
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: Boydell Press
Subject: Medieval History
BIC Class: HBLC1

Details updated on 26 Nov 2014

Contents

  • 1  Jewish Colonisation in the Twelfth Century
  • 2  The English Jews under Henry III
  • 3  Edward I and the Final Phase of Anglo-Jewry
  • 4  The Jewish Community in the Records of English Royal Government
  • 5  The Church and the Jews in Medieval England
  • 6  Medieval Anglo-Jewry: the Archaeological Evidence
  • 7  Women in the Medieval Anglo-Jewish Community
  • 8  Fictions of Judaism in England before 1290
  • 9  The Medieval York Jewry Reconsidered