Keiron Pim and Miri Rubin Medieval Norwich

Keiron Pim, Miri Rubin

02/03/2014 11:00 am
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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.

Keiron Pim

Before leaving in 2014 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


Miri Rubin is an historian of the religious cultures of Europe with special interest in social relations, and attitudes to Jews.

Rebecca Abrams


Rebecca Abrams is an author, journalist and literary critic for the Financial Times.  She teaches creative writing at the University of Oxford and was writer-in-residence at Brasenose College, Oxford from 2017-20.  Her recent publications include The Jewish Journey: 4000 years in 22 objects (Ashmolean Museum).