HIST1098 The Road to Expulsion: The Jews of Medieval England (1066-1290)
Students first investigate the size of England’s Jewish population, the locations in which Jews lived, and their ways of making a living. Close attention is also given to the Jews’ frequently troubled relations with the majority Christian population. In order to aid understanding of the position of Jews within English society, the module gives close attention to the wider changes that transformed England between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries. For example, we consider the emergence of a centralized state bureaucracy which allowed the royal government to control and tax the Jews. As the culmination to the module, students address the question of why the Jews were expelled from the kingdom. To help answer this question, and to aid our overall understanding of the position of England’s Jews, we will devote some attention to the character and fortunes of other European Jewries of this period, especially those of northern France.
Co-ordinator: Dr Chris Briggs