New Article: Jews of medieval Norwich

Published today in Current Biology, and summarised in The Independent, this article concludes that seventeen skeletons which were discovered in a well in Norwich in 2004 are the remains of medieval Jewish inhabitants. Drawing on DNA techniques which were not available to the original investigators (for the original investigation see the BBC documentary below), the authors claim to be able to demonstrate that these are, indeed, the remains of the Jewish inhabitants of the town who they suggest were murdered in February 1190 during the anti-Jewish attacks which swept England after Richard I’s coronation on 3 September 1189.

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Dean A. Irwin (2022, August 30). New Article: Jews of medieval Norwich. medievalJewishStudiesNow! Retrieved March 3, 2024, from

About Dean A. Irwin

I completed my PhD (2017-20) at Canterbury Christ Church University where I studied the records generated by Jewish moneylending activities in England between 1194 and 1276. I am now an independent scholar, interested in the records (especially charters and financial documents) produced by, and in relation to, medieval Anglo-Jewry. I am also developing a project on the Jews and the baronial reform movement (1258-65) in England.