What Have the Plantagenets Ever Done for Us?

Nick Barratt, Claudia Gold, Nicholas Vincent

Chair: Dominic Selwood

03/03/2019 11:00 am
Kings Place, St Pancras

The 11th and 12th centuries, from William the Bastard’s conquest in 1066 to the death of Henry II in 1189, have been described as a golden age for Anglo-Jewry. For over a century they were protected as ‘the King’s Jews’, flourishing both intellectually and economically. Their international connections and intellectual tradition placed them at the centre of an explosion of learning in Europe. But was it really so good for the Jews?

Nick Barratt


Professor Nick Barratt is an author, broadcaster and historian best known for his work on BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are. He is an honorary associate professor of public history at the University of Nottingham, and Director of the University of London’s Senate House Library, as well as a teaching fellow at the University of Dundee. He has previously written on subjects as diverse as the story of Greater London, the Titanic, and Stalin’s first mole in Whitehall.

Claudia Gold


  Claudia Gold is the pen name of Claudia Rubenstein, director of Jewish Book Week. She writes historical non-fiction. Her latest book, King of the North Wind, is a biography of Henry II.

Nick Vincent

Nick Vincent is a Professor of Medieval History at the University of East Anglia, specialising in the 12th and 13th centuries with a particular current focus on the Magna Carta. He is a Fellow of the British Academy.

Dominic Selwood


Dominic Selwood is a historian, journalist and barrister. He is a bestselling author and novelist, and frequent contributor to national newspapers, radio and TV including the Telegraph, the Independent, the Spectator, the Catholic Herald, Sky News, and the BBC. He has a doctorate in history from the University of Oxford and a masters from the Sorbonne. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Society of Antiquaries. He lives in London with his family. @DominicSelwood

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