This interdisciplinary conference brings together medieval scholars of religion, government, local communities, and anti-semitic narrative to reinterpret the events, context and memory of the mass suicide and murder of the men, women and children of the Jewish community in York in 1190. This is one of the most scarring events in the history of Anglo-Judaism, and also but one of a series of attacks on local communities of Jews across England in 1189-90.
Scholars from the US, UK and Israel will explore relationships between Jewish and Christian communities, and between local communities and royal government, in the late twelfth and thirteenth centuries.
The 3-day conference will take place March 22-24, 2010, at the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, UK. It aims to consider 1190 as central to the narrative of English history in the decades around 1200, as well as that of Jewish history. It will also address the memory of 1190 and its continuing relevance today. Speakers include Anna Abulafia, Jeffrey Cohen, Paul Hyams, Robert Stacey, and Nicholas Vincent.
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