Keiron Pim and Miri Rubin Medieval Norwich
Keiron Pim, Miri Rubin
Chair: Rebecca Abrams
How was life for Jews in medieval England? Recent scholarship and a groundbreaking new translation of Hebrew poetry from Norwich shed light on a dark period of Anglo-Jewish history. Keiron Pim and Miri Rubin discuss the Jew Meir of Norwich and the writings of a monk, Thomas of Monmouth, the first Christian narrative to link Jews to child murder.
Into the Light the Medieval Hebrew Poetry of Meir of Norwich is a 2013 translation by Ellman Crasnow and Bente Elsworth of the 700-year old poetry of Meir ben Eliyahu. The Jews of Norwich were persecuted between 1144 when the ritual murder charge of 'Saint' William was fabricated, and 1290, when the king expelled the whole English community. Meir was probably working during this time.
In August 2014 Penguin Classics will publish Miri Rubin's latest research, The Life and Passion of William of Norwich, composed by a monk of Norwich in the mid 12th century. It both accused the Jews of killing a child and called for a cult of the alleged victim.
Before leaving this year to focus on writing books, Keiron Pim worked as literary editor at the Eastern Daily Press newspaper. He edited and introduced Into the Light: the Medieval Hebrew Poetry of Meir of Norwich (East Publishing, June 2013). He lives in Norwich with his wife and three young daughters.
Miri Rubin is Professor of Early Modern History at Queen Mary's, London. She has written extensively on social and religious history. Her latest book is Mother of God: A History of the Virgin Mary.
Rebecca Abrams is the author of both historical fiction and non-fiction. Titles include When Parents Die, an established classic in its field, and Three Shoes One Sock and No Hairbrush, the best-selling guide to having a second child. An award-winning journalist, she is a former columnist on the Daily Telegraph and a long-standing reviewer for Guardian.
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