On 26 June, Professor Louise J. Wilkinson will give a talk in the Lincolnshire Archives about the medieval Lincoln Jewry. This will be followed by a document exhibition showing charters and manuscripts which reveal this history of the community.
Adrienne Williams Boyarin (University of Victoria) discusses her new project which seeks to make the lives of medieval England’s Jews accessible.
Cultural and biographical study of Anglo-Jewish women is difficult. Scarcity of women’s voices, gendered divides in literacy and religious practice, marriages, name changes — all can make medieval women difficult to find let alone assess, and this is of course true across religious lines. As Charlotte Newman Goldy has put it, “Even Christian women’s lives most often need to be examined in aggregate, and that can obscure both the humanity of their stories and their variations.”[i] Further, all scholarship on medieval Anglo-Jewish women must cope with a primary methodological problem that scholarship on Anglo-Jewish men does not necessitate: the vast majority of the evidence for Jewish women in England comes from Latin legal and financial records. There are many thousands of Latin records of many hundreds of Jewish women in medieval England—dispersed through the Plea Rolls of the Exchequer of the Jews, Close Rolls, Patent Rolls, Liberate Rolls, Fine Rolls, Tower of London receipts, endless writs, and more—but all are filtered through an oppressive (Christian) bureaucracy. At the same time, these records provide historically verifiable information; they allow us to see English Jewish women whom we could not otherwise see, and they allow us to reconstruct some (fragmentary) part of their lives. But can we tell Jewish stories with this material?Continue reading The Medieval Anglo-Jewish Women (MAJW) Project
Edited by Francesco Bianchi, the special issue of Perichoresis appeared in 2020. It features five articles which explore ‘Jewish-Christian polemic in the Middle Ages’. The open access articles focus primarily upon the Jews in the south of Europe.
On 19 May, John Tolan will speak on the topic of his new book, England’s Jews, at Queen Mary University of London. This in-person event is free but registration is required.
Medieval Matters has been organised in honour of Professor Miri Rubin at QMUL. It will be held on 29-30 June and includes papers on the Jews by Deeana Klepper, Ephraim Shoham-Steiner and Elisheva Baumgarten.
In her new study for the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, Professor Judith Olszowy-Schlanger explores the learning of Hebrew in medieval England. The study is an edition and analysis of a thirteenth century multilingual manuscript in the archives of Longleat house.
The Medieval Anglo-Jewish Women database, part of Adrienne Williams Boyarin’s work on medieval Jewish women, include details of more than 720 individual women. The project ‘aims to develop new resources for study of the lives and representations of Jewish women in medieval England’.
Published today in the USA by the University of Pennsylvania Press, John Tolan’s new book England’s Jews: Finance, Violence, and the Crown in the Thirteenth Century explores the history of medieval Anglo-Jewry.
Professor Miri Rubin and Dr Rory MacLellan talk about the Jewish history of the Tower of London.
For the one year anniversary of the unveiling of the Licoricia of Winchester statue in Winchester, Sara M. Butler has produced a discussion of Licoricia’s death in 1277.