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Dean Irwin

Dr Dean Irwin 

The Jewish Houses of Medieval Canterbury 

Time and Date: Sunday 1 May: 10:30-11:30

Ticket price: £10 in person/ £9 online

Location: St Gregory’s Zg01: CT1 1QU

Biographical note

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. 

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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. 

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Jews in Medieval Britain: Historical, Literary and Archaeological Perspectives

Paperback, 19/07/2012, £19.99
Accounts of specific communities and themes build to a comprehensive picture of Jews in England C11 - C13.

Expulsion: England's Jewish Solution

Paperback, 02/02/2006, £17.99
The story of how England's kings first courted, then persecuted, and finally expelled England's Jewish community during the Middle Ages.

King's Jews: Money, Massacre and Exodus in Medieval England

Hardback, 07/06/2010, £55.00
Considers the Jews of medieval England as victims of violence (notably the massacre of Shabbat haGadol when York's Jewish community perished at Clifford's Tower) and as a people apart, isolated amidst a hostile environment. This title presents a picture of a lost society which had much to contribute and yet was turned away in 1290.

England's Jewish Solution: Experiment and Expulsion, 1262-1290

Paperback, 16/05/2002, £45.99
This is a detailed study of Jewish settlement and of seven different Jewish communities in England between 1262 and 1290, offering in addition a new consideration of the prelude to Edward I's expulsion of the Jews in 1290.
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