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.
What Have the Plantagenets Ever Done for Us?
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?
Virtual Event – Medieval England and the Jews
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…’.
Cities of Strangers
In her latest book Miri Rubin illuminates life in European towns and cities for both the settled population and the newcomers who joined them between 1000 and 1500 AD. Some city-states enjoyed considerable autonomy and invited groups from afar, as well as professionals such as physicians, notaries and judges to settle and help produce good urban living. But this benign cycle began to break down after regular occurrences of the plague from 1350. She will be in conversation wit...