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England's Jewish Solution

England's Jewish Solution
Experiment and Expulsion, 1262–1290

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series

  • Date Published: May 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521520263

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  • This book examines the Jewish community in England from 1262 to 1290, during the reign of Edward I. Commencing with a survey of the historiography and heritage of medieval Anglo-Jewry, the book analyzes the Jews' financial value to the Crown and indicates that after 1275 some may have diversified into commodity broking. A further chapter examines the varying fortunes of seven provincial communities, which is followed by the most comprehensive study of debtors to Jews to date, showing the wider impact of Jewish lending. Finally, the reasons behind one of the first European expulsions of the Jews are considered in depth.

    • Analyses for the first time the lives and impact of Jews in England before the expulsion of 1290
    • Offers the first full analysis of Christian debtors to the Jews in the years before the expulsion
    • Makes an important contribution to the wider study of Jewish history and the persecution of the Jews in medieval Europe
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    • Winner of the 1998 A. S. Diamond Memorial Prize

    Reviews & endorsements

    "...Mundill's new study of the background of the expulsion of the jews from England in 1290 is set to become, and remain, the standard work on the subject." W.M. Ormrod, Albion

    "In this new volume, Robin Mundill, a British novelist, provides a fresh look at medieval Anglo-Jewry and roots the expulsion in the political, constitutional, and religious context of 13th century Britain." Jewish Book World

    "Mundill's book most decidedly ought to find its way onto the shelves of university libraries, for it will provide students with a vigorous, well-informed, and comprehensive review of the historiography of the Anglo-Jewish communities of later medieval England." American Historical Review

    "...the reasons behind one of the first European expulsions of the Jews are considered in depth." SHOFAR

    "Not only historians but also the average reader will enjoy this fresh look at one of the most critical periods in English medieval history." Speculum-a Jrnl of Medieval Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521520263
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 155 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 3 maps 12 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The English exodus re-examined
    2. Jewish settlement, society and economic activity before the Statute of the Jewry of 1275
    3. 'The king's most exquisite villeins': the views of royalty, church and society
    4. The royal tribute
    5. The attempted prohibition of usury and the Edwardian experiment
    6. The economic fortunes of provincial Jewries under Edward I
    7. The Christian debtors
    8. Interpreting the final expulsion

  • Author

    Robin R. Mundill, Glenalmond College, Perthshire


    • Winner of the 1998 A. S. Diamond Memorial Prize

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