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Dependence, intolerance and expulsion: the story of the Jews in England, 1066 - 1290

May 19th, 2010

Episode 136 of 474 episodes

William the Conqueror invited Jews into England from Normandy around 1070, but the Jewish community of merchants and money lenders formed an uneasy relationship with the English crown and people. Medieval Jews were considered to be the king's property, and received certain protection, despite ruthless exploitation of their finances by the crown. However, their religious beliefs created suspicion that resulted in frequent persecution.