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.
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?