Virtual Event – Medieval England and the Jews

Anna Sapir Abulafia, Dominic Selwood, Nicholas Vincent

15/10/2020 7:30 pm
Online Event, In Association with the British Library

Trace the history of Jews in England from 1066 and throughout the medieval period.

This is a live online event. Bookers will be sent a link in advance giving access. 

The Jews first came to England in 1066 with William the Conqueror. The Norman kings and Henry II valued their financial contribution to the crown and ‘All Jews [were] under the King’s protection…’.

But after Henry’s death in 1189, with the advent of crusading fever, they were persecuted. The community of York was massacred in 1190 and a century later all 5,000 were expelled from the kingdom, forced to flee without their property.

Join historian Dominic Selwood and experts, Professor Nicholas Vincent and Professor Anna Sapir Abulafia for a fascinating insight into the lives of Jews during the medieval period.

Anna Sapir Abulafia

Professor Anna Sapir Abulafia came to Oxford in 2015 to take up the Chair of the Study of the Abrahamic Religions in the Faculty of Theology and Religion. She is also a Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall. Before that she was Fellow, College Lecturer and Director of Studies in History at Lucy Cavendish College Cambridge. The main focus of her research is medieval Christian-Jewish relations within the broad context of 12th and 13th-century theological and ecclesiastical developments. At the moment she is engaged in a project examining the place of Jews and Muslims in Gratian’s Decretum and its glosses. Her publications include: Christians and Jews in the Twelfth-Century and Christian-Jewish Relations, 1000-1300: Jews in the service of medieval Christendom.

Dominic Selwood


Dominic Selwood is a columnist for The Daily Telegraph, and occasionally writes for The Spectator and other newspapers and magazines. He is the author of a number of bestselling history books and thrillers, including the Ava Curzon cryptothrillers. He speaks at schools, universities, literary festivals, learned societies, and institutions like the British Museum, as well as appearing on television and radio news and documentaries. He has a masters degree from the Sorbonne and a doctorate from Oxford in medieval history. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Society of Antiquaries. He lives in London.

Nicholas Vincent

Professor Nicholas Vincent is professor of Medieval History, University of East Anglia.  He has published a dozen books and some hundred academic articles on various aspects of English and European history in the 12th and 13th centuries, having arrived at Norwich via Oxford, Cambridge, Paris and Canterbury. He is currently finishing an edition of the charters of the Plantagenet kings and queens from Henry II to King John, and leads a major project researching the background to Magna Carta. He is a Fellow of the British Academy.