Time and Date: Sunday 1 May: 10:30-11:30
Ticket price: £10 in person/ £9 online
Location: St Gregory’s Zg01: CT1 1QU
Dr Dean Irwin completed his PhD at Canterbury Christ Church University in 2020, on a scholarship from the School of Humanities. His thesis, supervised by Professor Louise Wilkinson and Dr Leonie Hicks, analysed the records generated by Jewish moneylending activities in England between 1194 and 1275/6. He is now an independent researcher exploring his many esoteric interests in medieval Anglo-Jewish history. He is a member of the Jewish Historical Society of England’s advisory board and a board member of the MedievalJewishStudiesNow! blog.
For much of the thirteenth century, Canterbury was home to a significant and thriving Jewish community. The documentary sources, provide wonderful insights into the Jewry and give details of where they lived. Indeed, a considerable amount of the surviving sources are concerned with Jewish properties, describing the scale, extent, and location of houses which were owned, or inhabited, by Jews in Canterbury. This paper will explore those sources to give a sense of the Jewish inhabitation of medieval Canterbury. It will also consider the interaction of Jews with their Christian neighbours. After all, there were no ghettos in medieval England, so Jew and Christian would have lived side by side and, in the case of Canterbury, there is every little evidence of any inter-religious animosity at all.