Jews in Medieval Britain

Jews in Medieval Britain

Historical, Literary and Archaeological Perspectives

Edited by Patricia Skinner

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Overview

Overview

Accounts of specific communities and themes build to a comprehensive picture of Jews in England C11 - C13.
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.

Details

2 line illustrations
187 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Hardback, 9780851159317, April 2003
Paperback, 9781843837336, July 2012
Library eBook
Boydell Press
BIC JFSR1, 1DBKE, 2AB, 3H, 4P
BISAC HIS037010
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Table of Contents

Jewish Colonisation in the Twelfth Century - Joe Hillaby
The English Jews under Henry III - Robert C. Stacey
Edward I and the Final Phase of Anglo-Jewry - Robin Mundill
The Jewish Community in the Records of English Royal Government - Paul Brand
The Church and the Jews in Medieval England - John Edwards
Medieval Anglo-Jewry: the Archaeological Evidence - D A Hinton
Women in the Medieval Anglo-Jewish Community - Suzanne Bartlet
Fictions of Judaism in England before 1290 - Anthony P. Bale
The Medieval York Jewry Reconsidered - Barrie Dobson

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