a history of the jews in england

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PREFACETHE Jewish population of the British Isles has neverformed any but a numerically insignificant proportionof the Diaspora. Yet, despite this relative insignificanceof Anglo-Jewry, the story of the Jewsin this country is of supreme importance to thestudent of the philosophy of Jewry and of Jewishhistory. The adage that history repeats itseH iswell worn, but none the less true. The history ofthe Jews in England is the history in miniature ofthe Diaspora. Since the opening of the Christianera the story of the Jews has everywhere been thesame-continual alternations of prosperity and persecution.With nations as with individuals the wheelof fortune ever revolves, but with the Jews its progressseems to have been more rapid, for the alternationshave been more numerous than with any otherrace. But with the Jews the wheel lingers duringthe period of depression and hurries through thatof elation in order to recover the time that has beenlost. The storTable of Contents CONTENTS; CHAPTER I; THE EARLIEST LEGENDS; (Before 1066); Solomon and Britain-Jews in Cornwall-Julius Cresar and the Jews; -The Coronation Stone legends-No permanent Jewish settlement-; The Lost Ten Tribes and the English-Jews and the; introduction of Christianity-The earliest Jewish reference-A; supposed Jewish immigration in the ninth century-The Laws; of Edward the Confessor-Jews visit Ireland ; CHAPTER II; UNDER THE NORMANS; (1066-1146); Immigration under William I-The need for a middle class-The; need for the Jews-The Jews necessary to William's policyTheir; place in the national economy-A charter granted-Jews; indirectly assisted by ecclesiastical law-The Church and the; Jews-The Jews and their neighbours-Favoured by the early; Norman kings-Rufus
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