Expulsion of Jews from England

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Historical Context Note

Under the feudal system established in the reign of William I, Jews (along with merchants) had a special status as direct subjects of the monarch. As such, they were useful to the crown as sources of revenue, because they could be taxed directly. By the reign of Edward I, however, their involvement in money-lending had built up popular resentment towards the Jewish community. Edward ordered several punitive laws against the Jews from 1275, beginning with the Statute of the Jewry, which outlawed usury. Four years later, Jewish heads of households across the country were arrested and 300 of them executed. The following year, they were ordered to attend Dominican sermons aimed at converting them to Christianity. This wave of discrimination …

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Editors. "Expulsion of Jews from England". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 31 July 2012
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